Maintaining A Large Garden: How To Do It Successfully

A large garden can be fantastic. Maintaining a large garden isn’t the same as just mowing a lawn or sweeping a deck. If you want your large garden to look great, it’s going to take time and effort.

It can give you the perfect opportunity to homestead, with your own animals, crops, and plans for self-sufficiency. But it can also give you the ideal space to create a safe area for your kids to play, a section to eat and entertain, a relaxation station and even a significant water feature.

A large garden means that you don’t have to sacrifice some of the things that you want from your outdoor space because you don’t have enough of it. It means that you don’t have to say “we’ll have that outdoor kitchen when the kids are older, and the toys have been cleared away” you can have both.

It gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want with your garden, and it can increase the value of your home enormously. But, it’ll take work. 

Here are some tips to help you.

maintaining a large garden

Maintaining A Large Garden: How To Do It Successfully

Get the Right Tools

The bigger your garden is, the more tools you need to look after it. If it’s a considerable space, you might need to look at Trailers for Sale to help you move things around. Especially when you are working in your garden.

You’ll also want a ride on lawnmower and some power tools. You may also need essential garden tools like forks, spades, and rakes. Investing in the right tools can make your tasks much easier when maintaining a large garden.

maintaining a large garden with a ride on mower

Stick to a Routine

When you’ve got a small garden, you can mow your lawn, tend to your plants and clean up any mess all at the same time. But, you won’t be able to get everything done in one day if your space is much larger.

Instead, get into a routine. Do little bits every weekend, and stick to your schedule as much as you can to help you to keep on top of things.

Maintaining a large garden will take more planning. Therefore, it will take more time. Allow time for planning and more time working in the garden also.

maintaining a large garden: weeding

Make wild areas a garden

No one ever said a garden had to be pretty and neat. There’s something quite magical, and natural about a free-flowing wild space. Even if it has a lot of large shrubs and trees. You might not want your whole garden to be this way.

But a wild area can add texture and drama to your garden. It also means that there’s at least one area that’s low maintenance.

As I said, maintaining a large garden is a lot of work but you can incorporate low maintenance areas to make it easier. Use those bushes and trees or wildflower areas to your advantage.

maintaining a large garden: wildflower meadow

Stick to Simple Plants

Some plants and flowers need constant watering, preening and looking after. When maintaining a large garden, this can become a lot of work. So, instead stick to easy look after plants, shrubs, and flowers that look great all year around.

Try planting close together to avoid weeding to often. Use perennials to cut down planting new plants next season. Think of ways you can make things more simple.

maintaining a large garden: planting perennials


Maintaining a large garden may mean you have included other items besides plants in your garden. You may have a dining area. You may have picket fences. Failing to weatherproof means that you spend every spring repairing the damage that the winter has brought.

You might need to replace furniture, repaint fences, and sheds and remove dead flowers every year. Weatherproofing as much as you can, with simple varnishes and wood protection, as well as moving vulnerable plants out of frosty areas, can save you a lot of time in the future.

maintaining a large garden

Maintaining a large garden is no task for the faint of heart. However, with a little planning, it can be a successful venture. How large is your garden? Do you have any suggestions for maintaining a large garden? Tell me more about them in the comments.

A large garden means that you don’t have to sacrifice some of the things that you want from your outdoor space because you don’t have enough of it.


  1. It is always a challenge to manage a large homestead type garden or gardens that’s for sure. However its so worth it. I can’t wait for things to start to warm up around my own place.. they say we will have a few days this week above 0 during the day.. I am looking forward to the first day of plus 10 or more :)

    1. Author

      Valerie All I can say is God bless ya! I can’t take the cold, it is why I moved to Florida! ANything below 70 for me is out of the question!

  2. I used to have a huge garden, our four children would help keep it under control. Now that it’s just my husband and I our garden is much smaller! Love your advice!

    1. Author

      I understand that Nancy! I am fortunate enough to have some help now so that makes it a lot easier on us.

  3. Love this! The only thing I would add, is to mulch all the bare dirt to cut down on weeds. Anytime bare earth is exposed, weeds will grow. If you cover up the bare earth with mulch, you have a lot less weeds to deal with!

    1. Author

      THat’s excellent advice, Tamara! We use shredded wood when we have it and sometimes straw!

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