Maintaining your yard is the best way to have a beautiful, thriving environmentally friendly landscape. Plus, it’s a great way to enhance your home’s overall look and boost your curb appeal.
If you are looking for a faster and easier way to do this, here are 9 low-maintenance landscaping ideas for your home.
- Consider artificial grass.
Artificial grass can save you money due to its low to no maintenance factor. It doesn’t need sprinkling, fertilizer, or mowing. Artificial turf stays green all year round. What’s more, most people can’t tell the difference between in an expensive turf and real grass.
Not all-artificial grass is created equal, though. When shopping, make sure to consider two things. One, make sure your artificial turf has a warranty. Two, make sure the turf has a high-quality UV coating.
- Choose the right perennials.
Perennials are plants that live for more than two years, remaining in the ground year after year. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They also grow and bloom at different times.
When choosing perennials, make sure to ask about their growth rate and spread. Also, make sure to choose those that flower certain colors. Adult butterflies love those that flower purple, pink, yellow, red and orange. This way you can enjoy the butterflies for the whole season.
Yarrow, Echinacea, Penstemon, Sedum, Veronica, Daisies, Allium, Lillies, Salvia, Coreopsis, Liatris, and Monarda make good perennials.
- Consider hardscaping.
Do you hate mowing? Then why not turn part of your yard into a patio? Done well, it can define spaces, resolve drainage issues, beautify your property, and increase curb appeal.
When adding hardscaping, always keep safety in mind. This is especially true when it comes to paths, walkways, and staircases.
In addition, it pays to consult with a professional landscape designer. The designer will be helpful when it comes to picking the right designs that meet your specific interests.
- Consider planting lavender.
Lavender smells amazing. It’s a simple way to bring the scent and color of wine country into your garden. Additionally, it can even deter pests. Plus, it’s also very low maintenance.
Before planting lavender, it’s advisable to add a handful of lime and bone meal to the soil. The soil should also be alkaline and have good drainage, too.
- Invest in evergreen trees and bushes.
Evergreens are trees and bushes that have foliage year round. With evergreens, your home can look beautiful, even in the dead of winter. Although they can be costly, they are worth every penny.
It’s important to consider available space, soil, and site conditions, as well as weather factors when choosing evergreens.
Examples of some good evergreens include Blue spruce, Scots pine, Western red cedar, White fir, and Eastern hemlock.
- Use simple gardening techniques.
One part of the equation is choosing the right low-maintenance landscaping plants. The other part involves creating a gorgeous lawn with the least upkeep to increase curb appeal.
The gardening techniques include:
- Changing landscaping elements and streamlining yard systems. This may include covering large grassy areas with stone/brick or by installing automatic irrigation systems for watering.
- Creating a clean border along your flowerbeds. According to HGTV, this can help prevent weed growth and create separation from the grass.
- Grouping plants together, that have similar care needs together to make fertilizing and watering easier. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this helps reduce maintenance time.
- Fill flowerbeds with rubber mulch.
Mulch is an excellent way to keep weeds at bay. Rubber mulch is made from recycled rubber and is great for low-maintenance landscaping.
Rubber mulch can serve many of the same purposes as regular wood mulch but it has added benefits. It has the weight that keeps it from being blown away, has increased softness, and lasts longer.
- Create living spaces.
Not all spaces need to be dedicated to gardens and grass. Set up an outdoor space for a low maintenance backyard. Creating a space for living may include investing in patio furniture, and installing a deck.
You can also get a grill and outdoor couches and make it a place to spend time and entertain guests. The more space you create for living, the less grass you must care for.
- Use contrasting colors.
Contrasting colors are used to produce vibrancy in a space. Some of the contrasting colors are (orange and purple), (blue and yellow), (red and green) etc.
Consider using light decorative rock to outline the dark dirt in your garden bed. Or surround the walkway leading to your backyard seating area with colored mulch that contrasts with the grass.
Whether you just want to show a little more pride in ownership or are getting ready to sell your home, updating your yard can make a difference. Try these tips to create a low-maintenance backyard.
The following article was provided by Granite Foundation Repair, a local foundation repair company servicing the DFW area.