Beautiful Landscaping Without So Much Work? 6 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas
Home Sweet Home Presented by Shannon Horton & Co. Professional Real Estate Services
Maintaining your landscape can be stressful, and nobody wants to spend the summer gardening. Here are some changes you can make to cut down on maintenance so that you can spend your summer afternoons in the garden drinking lemonade instead.
These easy-care landscaping ideas are often inexpensive, comparatively easy to care for and look absolutely beautiful regardless of the climate and landscape. Plus, many alternative landscaping ideas are environmentally friendly!
Avoid weeding by hardscaping a large section of lawn. Hardscapes can be built from bricks, stones, paving stones, or gravel and crushed stone. Pick your hardscape materials based on your budget or aesthetic – large stones and paving stones are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, with crushed stone on the more budget-friendly side.
Hardscapes are a great way to add living space to your outdoor spaces. Create a fire pit and seating area in the back of your yard or add a patio next to your house. They are great spaces for hosting, crafting, and just relaxing.
Mulch, mulch, mulch!
Mulch will help prevent weeds and keep moisture around your landscaping plants. Mulch also adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes, so go organic whenever possible to get the most out of this natural weed mat. Plan to add new mulch every spring to give your garden the best possible care.
Stones and pebbles
Use stones or pebbles in garden beds as a more permanent solution than mulch, or use them as paths through mulch beds. Artfully laid stones, think of “rivers” made of pebbles, can also make a garden area more interesting without having to be planted or trimmed. Use a combination of larger stones and smaller pebbles to create a rock garden.
Perennials are the easy-care gardener’s dream. They come back every year and all you have to do is water and plums! When you plant these perennials, don’t be afraid of spaces between them; All you need to know is that the tighter they are packed, the less weeds they will let in.
Here are a few great perennial options to consider for your landscaping:
- lavender: The pale purple buds of the lavender plant are not only beautiful, they also smell. You can collect the branches and dry them to add a fragrance to your interior or just enjoy their natural insect repellent properties in the garden.
- Black-eyed Susans: These sunny yellow wildflowers grow well almost anywhere, but especially in full sun, which makes them incredibly popular and useful. Plant clumps of it for a splash of color. They will bloom for the summer if you seed them, but you can let them rot and let the birds nibble on them in the fall.
- Local, indigenous grasses: There is nothing more resilient than the native grasses of your region. These are specifically designed to thrive in your climate and use the least amount of additional water. They also don’t require mowing or pruning! Try a tool like this Native Plants Finder to find out what’s local to your zip code.
- Other native plants: Use the Native Plants Finder to also find flowers, shrubs, and trees that are perfect for your region. It will guide you to drought-resistant plants such as aster, poppy, sage or succulents for hot, dry climates. In humid climates, you can opt for plants such as Impatiens, Angelonia or Kosmos.
- Ground cover plants: Ground cover such as clover and moss can be an attractive substitute for lawns, do not need as much water and do not have to mow! Use “creeping” plants with pretty flowers such as phlox or vinca in garden areas to fill in large areas and displace weeds.
Use plant pots to add interest and flexibility to your landscaping, giving you the color and flowers without weeds or commitment. Potted plants can live on the deck for a party and in the garden for everyday enjoyment. You can even put some potted plants in when the weather gets cooler so you can celebrate the summer a little longer.
If you really love the look of green lawns but don’t want the hassle of watering, mowing, or weeding, artificial turf may be your answer. Remember, the upfront cost is much higher than sward, but it saves you time and money.
Make your home garden more enjoyable and easy to maintain with some of these low maintenance landscaping ideas. You’ll spend more time outdoors and more time with family and friends.
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