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Looking After a Large Garden? 10 Awesome Tips!

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If you have a large garden, there may be times when you struggle to look after it.

Large gardens can be wonderful because they offer you the chance to grow many different plants. However, they can also be hard to deal with at times.

Don’t worry; there are some things you can do to make your large garden more manageable.

How to Look After a Large Garden?

Here are 10 excellent tips that our experts have formulated just for looking after a large garden like a pro!

1.      Add Some Paving or Composite Decking

Adding some paving or composite decking is an excellent way to ensure your garden won’t need extensive work.

You could add some paving or decking in the following areas:

  • Just outside your door, you’ll have a solid surface to sit on.
  • In the middle of your garden, so you have somewhere to sit.
  • Your shed should be on a stable surface at the other end of your garden— you can make pavement there.
  • Anywhere else as you please.

Adding paving or decking does not have to affect how many plants you have. Additionally, you can still have a drip system for plants and enough space for your kids to play.

Charming Child Sweeping Concrete Pavement with Broomstick—looking after a large garden
Adding a pavement would make looking after a large garden easier—Image via Yan Krukov.

2.     Let Some Areas Grow Wild

Encouraging the growth of plants and flowers that insects love is important.

Consider letting some areas grow wild. You could simply let some grass grow or sow a wildflower meadow.

Not only will this boost the diversity of your garden, but it can make looking after it much more effortless.

3.     Plant Low Maintenance Shrubs

Many large gardens contain low-maintenance shrubs.

Plants such as these are so easy to take care of. Some shrubs such as the Cornus alba don’t need to be pruned often, if at all.

Look for shrubs that appeal to you and complement your garden.

When a shrub is fully grown, it can take up quite a bit of space. This can help to make your garden more manageable.

4.     Add Even More Paving

You may already have some paving in your garden. However, adding more can help.

Consider adding paving in the following areas:

  • Down the middle of your garden.
  • Along the edge of your borders.
  • Going to and from places where you sit.
  • Going to and from your shed and other outbuildings.

Adding paving can also help you to break up your garden a little.

For example, the left-hand side of your garden could be where you sit. The right side could be where your shrubs are.

Just make sure that you have enough space to add multiple pathways or a lot of decking. Measure the areas where you’d like the paving or decking to go.

5.      Add Mulch Here and There

Add mulch!

  • Mulch can help to prevent weeds from growing.
  • It can also help the plants that are already there to grow well.
  • Additionally, mulch can help to improve the soil’s water content.

You can typically buy mulch from garden centers and even online.

6.     Plant Flowers That Cover a Lot of Ground

Some flowers naturally cover a lot of ground. Planting them is, therefore, ideal if you have a large garden.

While covering the ground can be expensive in terms of seed cost, it can make maintenance easier.

Consider using some or all of the following plants:

  • Creeping Phlox.
  • Candytuft.
  • Hosta.
  • Yellow Alyssum.
  • Liriope.
  • Common Periwinkle.

There are other plants that also cover a lot of ground. However, the above plants are some of the most beautiful ones.

Related Article: Top 8 Poisonous Plants to Avoid in Your Garden

7.      Spend at Least 30 Minutes a Day Outside

If you have the time, you may want to consider spending at least 30 minutes in your garden each day.

  • Try not to do everything in the 30 minutes.
  • Instead, do the most important tasks first.
  • 30 minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but you can potentially get a few tasks done each day.

30 minutes a day can be enough time to make a difference in your garden.

8.     Get Help With Your Garden

If looking after a large garden takes much of your time, ask for help.

There are plenty of gardeners out there who may be willing to help you.

Think about what you’d like a gardener to do. They could do the tricky tasks (weeding and mowing), so all you need to think about is the watering.

Man with a green t shirt cleaning his lawn—looking after a large garden
Looking after a large garden—Image via Jared Muller.

9.     Add a Pond

Consider adding a pond to your garden if you have plenty of space.

A pond can be as big or small as you like. You can also add a few decorative features around the pond.

When adding a pond, consider the following questions:

  • What creatures you’d like to keep in the pond?
  • What plants you’d like to grow in there?
  • How large you’d like the pond to be?
  • What plants you’d like to grow around the pond?
  • If you’d like a path around the pond?
  • Would you like a sitting area next to or close to the pond?

Use safety netting if young children are going to be in the garden. Installing a raised pond to make it even safer to be around.

Adding a pond can offer something special to your garden. It can also help the area to look even more luxurious.

10.            Add A Pool

If you like to swim, adding a pool could be an excellent addition to your garden.

  • Think about your pool size and whether you’d like an in-built or above-ground pool.
  • You will need to make sure you have enough space in your garden for the pool equipment.
  • Don’t forget you may also need to install a pathway around your new pool.

That would be all. Let’s settle the talk!


Your large garden does not necessarily need a lot of looking after.

Use the above tips to make looking after a large garden much more effortless. You don’t have to be the best gardener in the world to have a large low-maintenance garden.

All you need to do is think about what you need to do with the space.

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Happy planting!