A clean garden is not like a clean room.
A mulch will fade, weeds will crop up, and your sharp edges will blur. Your goal is not to fight a battle with nature but to work with it. Your maintenance and devotion can help your garden evolve into a complex, beautiful growth, but it should not be a chore of drudgery. You needn’t polish every leaf.
Much of your gardening satisfaction will come from the way your garden evolves over time. Garden evolution is much more than plant growth; it is a process that transforms a collection of plants into a unified, harmonic garden.
If you are too strict about garden maintenance, your garden won’t get a chance to evolve!