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There’s nothing sadder than seeing a lovely, spacious garden left neglected and unloved. Where the grass is knee-high, weeds are everywhere, and the lawn is littered with rubbish. A lot of people can only dream of having a garden to turn into their own private slice of heaven, so it’s a real shame to see a beautiful backyard go to waste.

But it’s understandable: gardening isn’t a hobby for everyone. Some people don’t enjoy getting muddy knees and dirty fingernails, constantly bending over to water plants and check the soil. As a result, their gardens are left to fend for themselves as nature takes its course. But there are so many benefits to having a nice garden. You have a place to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and make snow angels in the winter. It’s a sanctuary to relax in peace, which can do wonders for your mental health. And it’s even an opportunity to grow your own food, saving you a lot of money on your grocery shop.

And even if you don’t have green fingers, you can experience these benefits too. It is possible to have an attractive garden without having to spend hours working on it every weekend. There are several low maintenance plants and techniques you can use to make your backyard flourish and impress your guests. To get you started, here are four gardening tips for people who hate gardening. 

Pave it

If you don’t have the energy or the motivation to water plants and trim your lawn, you can save time by reducing the amount of greenery in your garden. Adding a patio or paved path can turn your garden into a contemporary urban oasis, and will significantly reduce the amount of work you need to do. How much paving you use will depend on the size and shape of your garden, but you should still incorporate some greenery, such as a flowerbed border or a series of potted plants.

Find your focus

There are so many different varieties of plants and flowers, and each one has to be cared for and maintained in a different way. If you want your garden to feature flowers, but you don’t want to spend hours looking after them, you can save time by focusing on a single variety that’s low-maintenance and easy to keep alive. 

Use shortcuts

There are loads of time-saving shortcuts you can adopt to make the gardening process more efficient. Ready-to-use bagged garden products will add extra convenience, while only choosing plants that are native to your region means they will flourish with only minimal input from you.

Go artificial

If you have the budget for it, an easy way to enjoy a beautiful garden without having to work for it is to install artificial grass. The best fake grass can look just like the real thing, and once it’s laid, it will require no maintenance from you. Just make sure you avoid spending money on cheaper, poor-quality grass, as this won’t have the authenticity or the longevity as the higher-end alternatives. 

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