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I enjoy backyard gardening, but seven years ago it struck me that maintaining all of that required time every night, time I didn’t always have or feel like spending on such tasks. I began thinking of steps I could take to reduce the amount of effort required for gardening. I hope you benefit from the tips shared here.

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Lazy Gardening: Include plants that pull double duty. Growing plants that yield beauty is great. Growing some plants that yield additional benefits makes gardening more worthwhile...(Richard S. Buse photo)

Lazy Gardening: Include plants that pull double duty

Growing plants that yield beauty is great. Growing some plants that yield additional benefits makes gardening more worthwhile. I have marigolds…

Lazy Gardening: Plan for annual volunteer resurrections. Letting annual flowers reseed themselves saves the effort and expense of replanting each year…  (Richard S. Buse photo)

Lazy Gardening: Plan for annual volunteer ressurections

Want to have a flower bed or container filled with annuals of various colors without doing any planting? Don't dig out the dead plants in the fall…

Lazy Gardening: Take on DIY projects that truly save effort and money (Richard S. Buse photo)

Lazy Gardening: Take on DIY projects that truly save effort, money

Gardening DIY ideas abound, but some DIY ideas require considerable expense for supplies or tools, require inordinate amounts of time and yield less…

Lazy Gardening: Reduce lawn space. (Richard S. Buse photo)

Lazy Gardening: Reduce lawn space

While lawn space requires regular care, it does not deliver the same joy as flowers or other plants. Reducing the size of that lawn space frees up…

Lazy Gardening: Be patient and let perennials multiply. (Richard S. Buse photo)

Lazy Gardening: Be patient and let perennials multiply

Is there a perennial flower (a flower that blooms year after year) you'd like to see fill an entire bed or occupy places throughout your yard? If…

Lazy Gardening: Shop the off-season sales.(Richard S. Buse Photo)

Lazy Gardening: Shop the off-season sales

You visit a garden center some Saturday morning in the spring shortly after the last threat of frost has passed. Beautiful plants fill the racks and…

Lazy Gardening: Container planting offers convenience, greater flexibility (Richard S. Buse photo).

Lazy Gardening: Container planting offers convenience, greater flexibility

Most of my efforts on expanding backyard plantings focus on container planting for the following reasons: Container planting requires less weeding: A…

Lazy Gardening: Go with more of what grows best (Richard S. Buse photo).

Lazy Gardening: Go with more of what grows best

A crucial principle for gaining beauty while also decreasing the amount of gardening effort required is to focus on growing more of the plants that…