Keeping your lawn, flowerbeds, and shrubs looking great enhances the curb appeal of your
property. However, it can also be a lot of work!
Residents of Courtenay, Comox, and the area have a longer growing season than many
Canadians. Many have taken steps to simplify their landscaping to reduce water usage and time
You can make these tasks easier and less time-consuming by doing a few things.
Add mulch around trees and shrubs so you won’t have to cut grass in those areas. You’ll avoid
the need to use shears or a trimmer to do the job properly too.
Adjust lawn mower blades to the optimal height for short, well-groomed grass. That way, you
won’t have to mow as often.
Use tools that don’t require you to bend over or work on your knees. Ones with long handles will
help. That will greatly reduce fatigue.
Apply mulch in flower beds to cut down on weed growth. It will also help retain moisture so you
won’t have to water as often.
Avoid high-maintenance plants that require strict watering and tending regiments. Talk to
someone at your local garden centre about no-fuss plants. There are several nurseries in and
around the Comox Valley.
Consider the use of a soaker hose. It has holes all along the tubing that gently release water.
Simply snake the hose through flowerbeds and shrubs or around trees. Turn on the water and
the hose does the rest.
Some or all of these suggestions will allow you to enjoy your garden but not be a slave to it.