The South West London Gardener

10 Tips for Gardening on a Tight Schedule

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Many people in London live a busy life.

From the morning commute, the day in the office, the journey home, and everything else, it can sometimes feel like there isn’t any time to get out in your garden and create your ideal outside space.

But just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with your gardening.

Here at The Southwest London Gardener, we believe everyone should have the garden they want, and that’s why we’ve compiled this list of ten tips on gardening with a tight schedule.

Let’s take a look.

Plan Ahead

Spending a bit of time planning can make a big difference in how much time you actually spend out in your garden.

While you may be tempted to get out and get your hands dirty, hold off for a few hours and make sure you have a clear plan for your garden.

Having a good design to refer to will make it much quicker to kick into action in the following weeks and months and will mean you know what you’re doing, and where you’re doing it without having to waste time thinking of a new plan every day.

Go Low-Maintenance

It is possible to have a low-maintenance garden that doesn’t require much TLC.

Try looking for plants that may not require as much watering or pruning as others and focus on long-lasting materials such as stone and wood that won’t need replacing frequently.

There are also other ways you can cut down on some more time-consuming jobs, such as using mulch which can help look after your soil so you don’t have to, as well as planting perennials that won’t need replacing.

Want to know more, then check out our low maintenance landscaping guide.

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Use Containers

A great choice for people who have a tight schedule is container gardening.

This is because the plants inside your containers will require less maintenance and can be moved around to suit you (and them).

Make sure you choose the initial containers well, making sure they have good drainage and enough space for your chosen plant, use high quality soil and fertiliser, and group similar plants together to make it quicker to know the feeding and water habits of each section.

Automate Where You Can

If you can automate any sections of your gardening, then this will save you having to spend time doing it.

A great example of this is adopting an automated watering system that will keep your grass and plants nice and hydrated without you having to do anything but set it up and turn on the tap.

A job like watering can be time-consuming, especially when the weather is dry and hot, so if you can save yourself the time it takes to keep everything wet, you’re freeing up more time to do other jobs.

Start Small

If you’re new to gardening, it’s always wise to start small.

This can mean picking a small section of your garden and only focusing on this for now.

It can also mean only focusing on one aspect at a time. For example, if you want to grow your lawn, why not put your effort into this before looking into planting more or building some furniture.

This will help you manage your time and gradually achieve the garden of your dreams without taking on too much work initially.

Invest in Time-Saving Tools

There are many gardening tools that can help you perform jobs much quicker than if you tried to do them without.

This can be something as simple as a wheelbarrow, which will make transporting items much more efficient, but can also include some more specialist equipment such as pruning saws.

Tools may be an initial outlay financially, but if you invest in high-quality equipment then you’re sure to get a long-lasting item that will keep saving you minutes every time you use it.

It can be tempting to go without when you start gardening, but these tools are there for a reason and if you find a job is taking up a lot of your time, there may be a specific tool that can help you speed things up.

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Keep Things Organised

A great tip for keeping things efficient is to make sure everything is organised.

This means everything from your tools and pots to your seeds and soil is all in one place and ready to be used quickly when needed.

If you are unorganised, then you will waste precious time looking for the right equipment before every session in your gardening.

If everything is kept in one place then you can get out and get to work straight away, which is ideal if you’re on a tight schedule.

Pick the Right Plants

Choosing the right selection of plants is vital to ensuring you don’t have to spend too much time in your garden.

Why not plant vegetables and herbs that can be picked quickly and will allow you to see the fruits of your labour before waiting too long, such as herbs and salad greens.

Another great choice is to plant perennials that only need planting once and will keep coming back every year without fail.

Add mulch to your plants to keep the soil always in the best condition and try and choose native plants such as primrose and honeysuckle which is naturally tough against the Great British weather and can survive without too much help.

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Embrace Imperfection

One important thing to remember is that your garden doesn’t need to be perfect.

There may be unexpected weeds or imperfections but try not to stress too much over these.

These can be removed when you get the time.

Prioritize the tasks that need your attention the most, and if some bits have to get a bit untidy in the meantime, then so be it, you will get the time to go back and fix these at some point so try not to worry too much.

Get Help

The final tip is that if you don’t have the time to create the garden of your dreams, then why not get a professional team to come in and do it so you don’t have to.

Whether you want a complete garden transformation, someone to come regularly to help you maintain things, or someone to tidy things up when it gets a bit cluttered, there are teams out there who can help, such as The Southwest London Gardener.

While a professional team is always the best option, you can also look to enlist the help of friends or relatives who have a bit more free time to help as well to keep on top of things.

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The Southwest London Gardener

If you do want some outside help, then get in touch with our team today.

We can have gardeners over to your property straight away to learn more about your gardening needs and help bring your project to life.

We can’t wait to hear from you.