In this article
- Gardening tips to help save you time and money in the garden.
- Our property managers have a team of hand-picked landscape and gardening professionals when managing your rental property.
- A list of local Southern Tasmanian garden nurseries to help build and maintain your low-maintenance garden.
Whether you are a landlord, tenant or homeowner, we all know time is precious. While what we each do with our time is different, there is a high chance you don’t have endless hours to prune, weed and water an array of plants in your garden.
Most of us love an outdoor sanctuary: a place to relax with a glass of red or chilled beer after a long hard day. So, if you are more interested in spending time relaxing in your garden than tending to it, these low maintenance garden ideas and tips are especially for you.
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Garden tips for a low maintenance garden!
1. Choose Tasmanian native plants
Native plants will always be the best equipped to handle our local conditions, including Tassie’s frosty winter mornings. Many native plants are available, from perennials and shrubs to trees of all sizes.
Consider Australian native flowers such as Kangaroo Paws or Pigface for your garden beds to add a pop of colour. The vibrant flowers come in various shades, including orange, pink, red, white, yellow and even a combination. Grevilleas, Banksias, Wax Flowers and Mint Bushes are fantastic native shrubbery options.
The Gymea Lily and Grass Trees are hard to go past if you are looking for a statement plant. Dwarf Limelight Acacia and Native Tussock Grass can add a soft and luscious feel to your outdoor area.
2. Slow and steady
Choosing plants that grow slowly and steadily will mean less maintenance overall. Plants that need large amounts of water and nutrients and grow fast will quickly take over your backyard. Slow-growing evergreen varieties such as succulents, on the other hand, will allow you to sit back and enjoy your well-maintained garden for longer.
3. Limit the variety
Different plants require different attention. Finding the time to water various plants can be challenging, let alone learning and remembering which ones you need to tend to and when. If your time is limited, reduce the range of plants in your garden. With less, you will come to know what each one needs in no time. When purchasing your plants for your home or investment, buying in bulk may also reduce your initial outlay.
4. Avoid deciduous plants
Deciduous plants are gorgeous from spring through to autumn, but you may not appreciate cleaning up the excessive leaf litter from these deciduous plants every autumn. Consider avoiding these plants or being careful where you place the plant, so the leaves are easy to collect.
5. Less water needed, the better
Choose plants that require less watering or no watering other than the rain! The fewer plants that need watering, the more time you have to do other things. Especially if your property is on tank water. Your tenants may not do any watering because of this.
6. Inhibit unwanted weeds
Once you have chosen your slow-growing, evergreen, native plants, it’s time to prevent undesirable sprouting. Unwelcome plants and weeds can be frustrating, and it takes time to keep them under control.
Mulch is a fantastic option to keep your garden low maintenance as it inhibits the growth of anything unwanted. Plus, it comes in a variety of shades, so you can create the perfect look and feel in your garden. You will, however, need to reapply it every so often.
If you’re short on time, consider a gardening company that can deliver and install the mulch. You can come home to a revitalised garden without lifting a green thumb. We love using the family-run team at Diverse Garden Care & Maintenance.
You should consider the area's weather conditions when adding mulch. For example, there may be better solutions than mulch if you find the space windy and damp. Alternatively, pebbles and gravel have become popular replacements if you are not keen on the look of mulch or the weather conditions could be more favourable.
7. Minimise mowing
Having a lush lawn to laze about in summer is nice, but it won’t be enjoyable if you haven’t taken care of it. One of the easiest ways to create a low-maintenance garden is to minimise the amount of lawn you have to mow.
Replacing your grass with patio stones, pavers, or a modern timber deck can create a more versatile outdoor entertaining area (and stilettos won’t sink in stone - win-win!). Concrete, brick and stone pavers are popular due to their versatility, durability and the little maintenance required.
If you opt for a deck, the timber will require annual attention. You may need to stain or reseal the timber to protect the deck from the outside elements. If you want to build a deck that requires as little care as possible, consider using a composite material.
If you don’t want to sacrifice the green outlook, astroturf is another option. No more mowing, watering or fertilising your grass. All it will need is a shake every so often, and you’ve got an area that could pass as a pristine lawn.
On the other hand, if you want the grass to stay, Jim's Mowing suggests cutting grass at the tallest setting on your lawn mower. Mowing the lawn at the most elevated setting will help choke the weeds as it provides shade. You can also leave grass clippings on the cut grass as the organic matter composts and fertilisers the freshly cut grass.
Irrigation can be expensive, but as they say, “time is money”, and time indeed accumulates when you need to water your garden regularly. Invest in an irrigation system if you do not wish to minimise your current lawn or plants.
If your property is an investment, an irrigation system will encourage your tenants to water your garden regularly - making things easy means they are more likely to do it!
9. Plan your garden
Now you know low-maintenance plants and materials to include in your garden, planning where these will go is essential.
Draw up a plan outlining where your lawn, deck and plants will go and ensure to group the plants with the same or similar needs. Consider the amount of sunlight and shade, where the water will run/collect, and the amount of space needed for each plant. It may take research to determine where each plant should go, but it will save you gardening time and money.
While you’re re-designing your outdoor areas, why not consider growing some herbs as well? Our helpful article What herbs grow in Tasmania highlights the must-have herbs that are hardy enough to survive the cooler Tassie weather, with many being low-maintenance.
Finding a Local Nursery
Find Low Maintenance Garden Plants for Your Home or Investment
Native low-maintenance plants will save you time and money in the long run. Buying from a local nursery will ensure your plants are grown locally and support our local economy.
Teaming up with a local nursery means they can help you find what you need and walk you through how to care for your chosen plants.
For your convenience, we’ve listed some nurseries from various Greater Hobart areas below.
Local Nursery near Hobart, Tasmania
“With constantly changing stock, you'll be amazed at what you'll find at Chandlers Nursery. We have a large range of seeds, seedlings, seasonal herbs, edible fruits (citrus, berries and stone-fruit), indoor plants, cottage plants, Australian natives, water plants, conifers, small and large shrubs, and trees.”
You will find this nursery in Sandy Bay on a 4000 sq/m block with a cottage that serves as a Gift Shop. Chandlers Nursery offers delivery to the Hobart area.
Local Nurseries near Kingston (in Leslie Vale), Tasmania
Leslie Vale Nursery
Leslie Vale Nursery specialises in Tasmanian and Australian native plants. You can visit and follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with what’s new and the plants they have in stock.
David Drysdale’s aim at Greenhill Nursery is to save you money and give the best and most robust plants possible for their clients.
How do they do this?
They are situated on “2.5 acres in the foothills of the Wellington Range, at an elevation of 305m above sea level and very open and exposed to strong winds.”
They create an environment that means “when you take your plants home, it’s less of a shock to them [and they] will settle in quicker and grow faster."
Local Nursery near Huonville, Tasmania
Julie, with more than 30 years of experience and a passion for plants, “offer[s] a diverse range of stock designed to suit the environment and tastes of anyone living in Southern Tasmania.”
They have included helpful information about what they stock throughout the year - also great advice on maintaining your plants!
Local Nursery in Nicholls Rivulet (south of Hobart), Tasmania
Pav and Penny, the owners of Crawleighwood Garden and Nursery, love having visitors, family events and weddings in their “four-hectare garden featuring rhododendrons, maple woodlands and Gondwanan rainforest species.”
They promise that “many rare and unusual plants [are] waiting for you to discover.”
Plan your next family outing, picnic at the Crawleighwood Garden and Nursery, and come away with some unique native plants! Check out their story on ABC.
Local Nursery near Brighton (north of Hobart)
Granton Plants is a wholesale plant nursery open to the public seven days a week. They stock “an extensive range of native and exotic quality trees, shrubs and grasses. All of [the] plants are grown tough and ready for Tasmanian conditions.”
They also provide gardening and landscaping services, and you can check out their recent projects and ask for a quote here.
Local Nursery near Sorell
Wildseed Tasmania offers the most extensive range of Tasmanian native seeds that you can purchase online. Alternatively, you can visit the nursery by making an appointment. Simply view and find suitable plants for your home or investment property garden.
Local Nurseries near Lauderdale, South-East Tasmania
Harmony Market Centre
Frog Hollow Nursery
“Frog Hollow Nursery grows Tasmanian and Australian natives, heirloom food garden plants, and a beautiful range of Proteas. We are a small, family-run, off-grid, eco-conscious business located on the stunning Tasman Peninsula in South-East Tasmania.”
You can purchase these plants from Frog Hollow Nursery at the Harmony Market Centre and the Murdunna Road House.