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Putting your Garden on Autopilot

Here are a few things that could help you maintain a garden with a little maintenance as possible.


A thick layer of mulch helps garden beds retain precious moisture and prevents weed growth, so you’ll be able to spend less time watering and weeding and more time relaxing. Buy bags of mulch from your local garden center, or make your own using materials in your own backyard.


A weed barrier provides a layer of protection between you and the weeds lurking in your soil. By laying down sheets of newspaper or landscaping fabric prior to mulching, you can greatly reduce your weeding chores. Keep in mind that newspaper breaks down, so you’ll need to replace it as it decomposes to continue to reap its weed-fighting benefits. Check out what is available on Amazon.com.

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You don’t need a live-in gardener or a fancy irrigation system to make sure your yard gets watered regularly. Instead, you can schedule your lawn or garden watering using a water timer, a handy garden gadget that attaches to your hose bib. These devices work similarly to those light timers you set up indoors before you leave for vacation. Timers start at about $20, but pricier models give you the ability to control the settings via an app on your smartphone. Pictured here, the Orbit Single-Dial Water Timer. Find yours on Amazon.com.


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You’ve surely heard of the self-cleaning oven, but self-cleaning plants? These varieties boast blooms that naturally fade and fall off, meaning there’s no need to deadhead or prune away withered flowers. Columbine and baptisia are just two examples of self-cleaners that will always look fresh, without your having to do a thing!


Potted plants dry out more quickly than those in the ground, making near-constant watering a fact of life. You can cut yourself a break, though, by employing a watering globe. These clever contrivances gradually deliver water to container plants for up to two weeks. You can purchase them at any home center, or make your own with an upcycled soda or wine bottle. Your thirsty plants will thank you. Check them out here on Amazon.com.

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If you want to be able to neglect your landscaping during busy summer days, choose your plants carefully. Check each plant’s water requirements before you buy to ensure you’re making a garden you can sustain. Drought-tolerant plants don’t really need to be watered much once established, so they’re easier to maintain. From lavender plants to butterfly bush, there are lots of beautiful choices.

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For plants that do require regular watering, add a moisture-retaining material like vermiculite or perlite to the soil prior to planting. This simple step will help tender plants go longer between waterings without wilting in the heat.

Source: Easy Landscaping – 8 Ways to Put a Garden on Autopilot – Bob Vila

About Gardener Joe

Every year I look in my back yard and debate on whether to have a garden again. Sometimes the effort to maintain a productful garden feels like more than it is worth. But, come spring, I inevitably give in and prepare the seedlings and work the soil. It’s been that way for the last 9 years. Hopefully some of what I have learned, along with tidbits from others can help you and your garden grow.

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