The frequency in which you need to do garden maintenance depends on a variety of factors, including:
Climate: Warmer climates typically require more frequent maintenance, while colder climates may only need regular attention during growing seasons.
Plants: Different plant varieties have different watering, pruning, and fertilizing needs. Fast-growing plants or those with delicate blooms may need more attention than slower-growing or hardier plants.
Lawn size and type: Larger lawns will naturally require more mowing and edging than smaller ones. Different grass types also have varying mowing needs.
Personal preferences: Some people enjoy spending time in their gardens and may choose to do daily tasks like watering and weeding, while others prefer minimal maintenance and may only tackle major tasks like pruning and cleaning up leaves seasonally.
Here’s a general guideline for how often:
Watering: In most climates, water deeply and infrequently (around once or twice a week) rather than giving shallow, daily waterings. During periods of heat or drought, you may need to water more often.
Mowing: Depending on your grass type and climate, you may need to mow once or twice a week in the peak growing season and less frequently in cooler months.
Weeding: Weed early and often to prevent them from establishing themselves and competing with your desired plants. Aim to weed at least once a week.
Pruning and fertilising: The frequency of pruning and fertilising varies depending on the type of plant. Many shrubs and trees only need pruning once or twice a year, while some flowering plants may benefit from deadheading (removing spent blooms) throughout the season. Most plants benefit from annual fertilisation, but some may need it more or less often.
Cleaning up: Rake leaves and remove debris from your garden regularly to keep it looking tidy and prevent problems like disease or pests.