Jubilee: 10 Low-Maintenance Gardening Tips to Try

Planting and aftercare for a no-fuss, no-muss garden is all in the planning. Here are ten things to keep in mind while you design the low-maintenance garden of your dreams, so you can make more time for life.

1. Pave, mulch, or add gravel around any areas where it may be tricky to mow the lawn or whipper-snip. Look for spots like tight corners, external taps and bin storage. Do it now and save your future self the hassle!

2. Choose plenty of native and local plants. It makes sense that plants grow best among their natural environment – which means you have to give them less TLC in general. Take a stroll around your neighbourhood streets and take note of which plants are thriving. Bonus: You’ll get your daily steps in and perhaps meet your neighbours too.

3. If you find a particular plant – or a few – that you really love, don’t hesitate to use it en masse. This cuts down on your decision-making, makes the garden look instantly cohesive and you may be able to bargain your way into a bulk-buy discount too.

4. Some experts suggest that you should mow your lawn at the highest setting you can stand. This keeps your grass healthy (the roots and new growth like the extra shade) and taller grass help to muffle any sneaky weeds that want to peek through. Give this strategy a try!

5. And in regards to the above; sweeping the pavement occasionally is simpler than mowing and weeding the lawn every other week. There are so many non-grass options from colourful and textural concrete, to pavers, mulch, gravel, riverstones and more. Keep an eye on artificial lawn technologies too – it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference.

6. That Japanese Maple or Oak tree may look spectacular but – as with other deciduous plants – who’s going to rake up those leaves on Autumn weekends? If you’re not fond of spending time outdoors as the weather turns chilly, stick to evergreen varieties.

7. Research which outdoor plants are the hardest to kill in your soil type and climate. Try Crepe Myrtle trees or even Native Evergreens are beautiful too. Like Weeping Myall with pendulous branches and attractive silver foilage, Native Evergreens provide good shade coverage and very drought tolerant. Make sure to check that your chosen plants are approved in Jubilee’s Design Guidelines.

8. Talk to the experts at your local plant nursery. Some will offer free consulting sessions based on the site, size and of your garden. Make sure to emphasise that a low-pressure garden is a priority for you.

9. Not sure what a certain plant is called? There’s an app for that! There are a few free apps out there that you can use to identify different plants. Simply snap a good photo of the bark, flowers, or leaves of your chosen greenery and you have a good chance it will be automatically identified. Now you don’t have to spend days trawling Pinterest.

10. Trust us: spend the time, energy and money to build and grow your garden right the first time. When in doubt, call on the experts. Skimping on items and materials, like weed matts, proper garden-bed borders, drainage systems, sturdy retaining walls and that final layer of mulch, will only mean fixes, expense and more bother is necessary later.

11. We know we said 10 tips to try, but the 11th is on us! When you build at Jubilee, you get a $1,000 landscaping rebate*. Contact William Angew, our Estate Manager to learn how and ask him for a copy of our design guidelines. This will assist your builder and landscaper to prepare your application – it contains everything you’ll need to obtain approval.

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