In 2018 there seems to be a tech solution for almost everything. High-tech gizmos can be off-putting, especially if they have high price points, but it is often worth taking the plunge as the time and effort you’ll save will be worth its weight in gold – can you really put a price on that?
For the truly low maintenance gardener, the first port of call has to be the robot lawn mower. The garden will be so low maintenance that you don’t even need to cut the grass - your lawn mower will do the job for you, meaning you can get on with the more important things in life. All you need to do is install the boundary cable around the perimeter of your garden, plug in the charging station and away you go. Flymo’s 1200R robotic mower also comes equipped with many security features to protect the lawn mower should your neighbours get too jealous. It has a lift sensor and pin code that is unique to your docking station.
Plant sensors can be used for low maintenance and demanding gardens alike and can be a really effective time saver. They sit in your soil as you are growing your plants and can measure the conditions relaying the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. They can track sunlight, soil temperature, moisture and even fertiliser levels. This variety of information can be incredibly helpful to the low maintenance garden as it means you will only need to water the plants when the data says you need to, rather than spending extra time when it isn’t necessary.
As mentioned above, if you are not able to spend much time gardening, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to care for many plants. You would only be neglecting them from the care they need and your garden would then be full of lots of dead plants.
If you do have your heart set on having a colourful flower-filled garden however, some are easier to care for than others. Herbs especially are extremely low maintenance and you can enjoy eating the fruits of your labours (however small).
If you really want to dial up the laziness, you can install an irrigation system to water your plants for you. While it will take a fair amount of time to set up, you’ll be very grateful for it later on. There are a number of different options that cater to different budgets. You can even hook it up to a water butt that catches the rainfall so you don’t even need to pay for the water.
The more expensive irrigation systems can link with your plant sensors so you don’t need to water your plants. The smart garden systems will use the sensors to deliver the water to the plants only when required, with the really high tech ones even accounting for rainfall. You’ll be very grateful to cross this task off your to do list.