People always say to me, gardens are so much work. Yes, gardens take work (but hopefully it’s enjoyable work for you, plus fresh air and exercise!), but there are ways to minimize it. For me there are three biggies – strong edging, excellent mulching and strategic planting. The edge of your garden (assuming you have grass/lawn) is the dividing line that grass is not allowed to cross. For me, grass is the worst weed and if grass gets into the garden, the workload is magnificent. There are commercial plastic edgings, but I am not a fan. My preferred edge is done with an edger (half-moon shaped looking shovel), and is executed as a 4-6” moat around the garden bed. Mulch helps keeps weeds away, protects roots and helps maintain moisture and moderate soil temps – all good things for a garden! My preferred mulch is natural (brown) shredded cedar. The thicker you apply it, the better it works, 3”-4” is ideal. Lastly, choose easy care perennials and shrubs that are happy with your conditions – that may take some reading or professional guidance to determine the best choices. You can choose to do the work yourself, or of course have someone else do it – a good spring and fall clean up goes far!