Leaving Your Landscape for a Vacation

by Marc Knox of mygardening411

For any homeowner, one of the real worries that crops up almost every year is what to do when it is time to leave town, be it overseas or somewhere in your home country.

You don’t want to forgo your vacation, but you also want to make sure that you come back to a well-tended garden which is not going to have suffered from your absence. The real problem here is that most vacations start right in the height of summer, a time most important for your garden.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure that your garden not only survives, but thrives, while you are away for a week or even two or three.



Let The Garden Tend For Itself

It is actually possible to ensure that your garden is tending for itself while you are away too, and that can be achieved more easily than you might have thought. Using something like a hydroponic gardening system, you will not have to worry about any additional watering to the garden for at least a couple of weeks – perfect for your average kind of holiday time.

Of course, you will want to make sure that you are keen on this system first and that you trust it, which means mostly going to a supplier you trust, but also that you might want to install it early and try it out while you are still home. Just make sure that it works before you go away for too long.

If hydroponics seems a bit too complicated for your 2 week holiday, consider installing an automatic water timer to your hose set up. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used all year round, perfect for when you are not in the mood to water the garden.


Hire Maintenance or Ask For A Neighbor’s Help

It is always possible that you might have a neighbor who is able and willing to give you a helping hand, and if so you should absolutely make the most of that opportunity. Even if all they do is water the plants while you are gone, then you will at least be able to ensure that everything is going to be healthy enough until you get back.

Hiring a professional service for feeding or weeding and pruning is even better – but just watering will suffice in most occasions.

Go On Vacation Later

You can of course simply schedule your vacation a bit earlier or later in the year when the weather is less extreme. Then you will be able to leave your garden for much longer, as it will not need quite so much in the way of tending. However, if you are often away on business trips, the above tips can help keep your landscape looking pristine year-round. 

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