It is important to be realistic about the amount of time you can give to your garden, because the reality almost always exceeds the plan. I he time you will need to spend tending your garden not only depends on its style and content, but also varies from season to season.
In a traditional garden, with a modest lawn and a small vegetable patch surrounded by borders of shrubs and perennials, the most time-consuming seasons are spring (when the planting and much of the pruning are carried out) and autumn (when you will be occupied with digging and tidying up). However, it the summer is very dry, then you may spend quite a lot of time watering, especially if you have plenty of plants in containers. The lawn will require regular mowing regardless of the weather—ideally once a week.
Another factor is your own preference: if you like to keep the garden in almost military order, with nothing out of place, then clearly it will take almost double the time that a more relaxed approach would demand. Whichever group you belong to, for efficiency’s sake it will always be worth ensuring that the tools you use arc cleaned before being put away and are hung up or stored in a specific place. Nothing is more annoying than losing, again, your only pair of shears, and it may well be worth investing in a gardeners belt, or some other device with large pockets, in order to keep them sale.
In addition to the work required to keep the plants in good shape, you will also need to keep the hard surfaces in your yard in good condition. Any softwood in the garden needs to be protected against the ravages of the weather
Cleaning tools To keep tools in good condition, it is important to clean of) any soil and grime after use. Scrape off the thicker layers before wiping the surfaces with an oily cloth.
Oiling moving parts All the joints on your tools should be treated with oil regularly to keep them in good working order and to prevent excessive wear and tear.
Treating wooden tools Wooden shafts should be feel clean and treated with linseed oil at least once a year. This prevents the joints from diying out and the wood from splitting.
and occasional new coals of preservative will be required. For most pretreated woods, linseed oil boilers an efficient form of protection, feeding the wood as it preserves it, A good time to treat the wood is in early winter on a line, reasonably warm day, after the autumn’s gardening tasks have been completed. The wood will then be protected against the winter rains and frosts.
Wooden decks, particularly in wet climates, will need occasional scrubbing with a si ill-bristled brush and an algicide to remove any accumulated (and slippery) green slime. Hardwood decks need not be treated, but softwood will be treated with preservative once a year.
Gravel and paving
If you have areas of gravel, even if you have laid a membrane or plastic sheet underneath it, you Raking gravel rake with widely spaced lines is ideal for removing leaves from gravel without disturbing the surface.
may need to apply weedkiller or remove any emerging weeds by-hand. Once every three years or so you may need to top up the gravel.
Paved areas of the garden will need sweeping occasionally (but more frequently during the fall, if there are deciduous trees nearby), and a hose-down once in a while to remove the inevitable build-up of dirt. You can recycle any leaves that have fallen onto paved areas of your garden by bagging them up and allowing them to rot down into valuable compost or leaf mold.