When you decide your property can benefit from a change in the landscaping, consider the final appearance and the project’s overall costs, which should include the demands of maintaining your garden or yard. Maintenance is not something to make a second priority.
You most likely are a busy person. Time is a valuable commodity that you cannot waste, and that means managing it wisely. As a busy homeowner, you should consider a landscape design that is less demanding, thus not taking most of your time. That is why the changes you are thinking of should be based on a low-maintenance landscape design.
Below are six easy tips and tricks to updating the outdoor area into a low-maintenance garden or yard.
1. High-Quality, Durable Landscape Materials
The drive to limit your budget might push you into purchasing cheap landscape materials and solutions. Remember you get what you pay for; therefore, be ready to spend a bit if you want quality and sturdy materials.
But this does not mean you must dig deep into your wallet. You can find quality, durable solutions at affordable prices. That is why you should aim for right from the start – materials that require frequent maintenance and replacement. The patio, deck, outdoor furniture, sidewalks, gazebos, trellises, and fences should be sturdy and of good quality.
2. Keep The Lawn Area To A Minimum
Landscaped gardens and yards look beautiful with lawns. However, lawns can prove high-maintenance because of mowing, raking, edging, liming, watering, fertilizing, pest control, rolling, and thatching, which consume lots of precious time and money.
Consider less demanding lawn alternatives for your yard. You can introduce ground cover plants and shrubs that are easy to cultivate and care for as substitutes for the open space on your lawn. Also, moss can be an excellent solution because it can adapt to sections where the grass cannot grow. Clover is another cost-effective alternative, low-maintenance grass that has exceptional insect-resistance and drought tolerance.
3. Avoid High-Maintenance, Problem Plants
Dwarf bamboo, sedum, red maple, rain lilies, live oak, butterfly-bush Virginia willow, and gardenias have a beautiful presentation but are among the hard-to-maintain perennials, trees, shrubs, and ground covers to avoid. It would be best to settle for varieties that can adapt to poor soil conditions and extreme temperatures – with a high tolerance to wet or dry periods. They also should be resistant to insects and diseases.
Expert Tip: Consider growing the right size plants in the right places
4. Place Plants In Groups
Plant groupings will ensure that you have dense vegetation with consistent growth. Moreover, planting in masses makes mowing and trimming edges less tasking. The lush vegetation can also obscure less-than-lovely fences or enhance privacy if you have nosy neighbors.