Maintaining a Garden in a Busy Family Home

I love our garden especially in summer but it takes so much to keep up with all the maintenance. With busy family life I find it hard to keep on top of all the housework never mind keeping the garden tidy too. Β Our back garden is quite big and on four levels because we live on a hill and the front garden has a large planted area too. Β The old man that lived here before us was an avid gardener and put a lot of work into making the garden a wonderful place but he was retired and lived alone. Β There were a few years when I did the bear minimum as with the boys being so little and needing all my attention and then a couple of years when I spent all my free time studying, there was no time for me to do more than cut the grass and do a bit of weeding.