How tidy is your garden?

Not having an army of gardeners to help me with all the many things i want to do one thing that intrigues me is how tidy should I keep my garden rather than spend time creating that new flower border, sow those seeds or move that shrub. Just where in the scheme of things does tideness come in your garden? And what about the wildlife too?



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,254

    I'm not a very tidy gardener, edges aren't beautifully straight, too many weeds, clearing up sometimes a bit hit and miss. But when I've decided to do a new bed or sow those seeds I get on with it because it won't wait.If you don't do it you won't have it. Sometimes I think I've made a wildlife park, but it got a bit much when the deer ate everything so OH has fenced off part of the flower garden and raised the veg garden fence.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • I find it helps to mix the chores like tidying with the creative jobs, preferably 2 of the latter to 1 of the former. 

  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    I find both are important, sometimes one takes priority over the other.

  • The kind of people who oppen their gardens to the public seem, intimidatingly, to have cracked this balance - beautifully neat gardens and fabulous planting. I suppose they just garden allday. I wish I were neat, It looks so lovely and sense of control very peacweful, but I'm just not. My garden is like my house - OK but never gleamingly under control. I suspect I'm just too lazy - I'd rather spend time on activities like this forum!

  • My garden is untidy, I wish I could enjoy it but all I see are things that need doing. Now have some one to help 1 hr a week. I say if you do not mind it, go with it. Birds Bees and Butterfies love it.My sister in law says of hers she's not cutting grass as it only grows. Have thought of taking up some lawn but it only takes 20 to30 mins to it less work. than borders etc. Lost a year last year in garden so it's catch up.


  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    When doing jobs that make mess I tidy as I go as much as possible, eg drop prunings straight into a bag rather than create a heap that has to be tidied away later. Because I know what I'm like and the heap would still be there for some time afterwards image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    With pruning and hedge clipping I put down a tarpaulin then it is easy to clear away. Am having the Big Spring Clear-up at the moment; so starting at the back and working towards the house, raking up the last of the Autumn leaves, tidying up the odd flower pot, weeding, raking gravel etc. Up here in the Fens people keep very tidy gardens, I couldn't believe it when I first moved here, maybe it is something to do with the flatness of the land.image

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

    ... how tidy should I keep my garden ...

    The important word here is should.

    A gardening philosopher (Mara Grey) once said that the worst disease in any garden, worse than any slug, or virus, is 'guilt' - the feeling that the gardener must do this or must do that.

    It's your garden and you can do whatever you like, providing that it doesn't upset the neighbours too much.

    Tidiness is not compatible with wildlife. Nature would like you to leave things alone. Obsessive tidiness can be a symptom of OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder - it's a form of mental illness. The desire to regiment and control plants in the garden may extend to the desire to control other people.

    Chill out, man. image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,254

    Verdun, I saw the photos of your beautiful garden, which was very tidy. But, do you have to do the housework and cooking and go out to work? I don't do the last, retired.

    So long as the veg garden grows food, I don't mind and I put weed supressant fabric over as much as possible, which helps keep moisture in as well in our hot summers. I prefer the flower garden to be tidy, but there just aren't enough hours in the day if I want to do other things too.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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