If you’ve been devoting a sizeable chunk of your spring and summer free time to yard work (and you’re just not enjoying it), it may be time to reevaluate your approach. When it comes to a more low-maintenance method of landscaping, we’ve got you covered with these simple changes that will still add major curb appeal. And you don’t even have to have a green thumb!
Nothing quite beats the convenience of a great sprinkler system, especially if you live in a dry climate. The only real drawback is price. You can install a sprinkler system yourself for right around $1,000 to $1,500, or you can hire a professional, with costs ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. Whichever route you decide to take, it’s worth it to consult with a professional about the scope of your system and the location of your sprinkler heads.
At one time, clover was included in most lawn seed mix for its many low-maintenance virtues. Not only does it provide ground-cover, it also tolerates dryness and droughts, is insect-resistant and does not need to be mowed as often as grass. Aesthetic tastes have since changed, and uniform blades have become the norm. But why not go “vintage” and add some clover in the mix? If you’re looking to save time on yardwork, you won’t regret it! However, if you belong to a homeowner’s association, you’ll want to check that you’re permitted to plant clover.
Perennials That Can Withstand Anything
This one is a no-brainer: your yard is only as high-maintenance as the plants it holds. There are countless options available that require very little weeding, pruning or watering, but that still add vibrant color and texture to any landscaping concept. Flowering shrubs and perennials will grow back on their own year after year—without you having to lift a finger.
Some particularly low-maintenance options include: rosemary, lavender, yarrow, violets, thyme, chamomile, daylilies, roses and dwarf varieties of trees and shrubs.
A Streamlined Technique
First, to make watering, trimming and fertilizing faster, it’s best to group plants that require similar care together. This will also make it easier to remember those requirements. Further compartmentalize your flower beds and gardens with decorative borders, like stones, bricks or wood. This creates a separation from the rest of the grass and cuts down on weed growth. You can also use mulch around plants to help keep weeds and moisture and nutrients in the soil.
A Beautiful Rock Garden
When done right, rock gardens make a big impact with relatively little time commitment once you’ve completed the planting and installation process. That’s right, rock gardens do involve some greenery, but much like the rocks themselves, they’re about as low-maintenance as you can get. The best plants for rock gardens are drought-resistant ones that need little to no trimming. Flowering shrubs, like thrift, alyssum and snow-in-summer make great additions, as do close-to-the-ground plants, like hens-and-chicks and sedum.
If you’re ready to give the rock garden concept a try, we recommend starting small. Once you get the hang of designing a garden space that incorporates rocks of varying shapes and sizes, you can add to it or create more.
A Smaller Lawn
What’s one surefire way to reduce yardwork? “Shrink” your yard. This goes hand-in-hand with the rock garden concept. The more rock, brick, stone, mulch and decorative elements in your yard, the less grass you’ll have and the less time you’ll spend mowing. “Shrinking” your yard can be a large, time-consuming undertaking, but your hard work will potentially pay off for years to come. If you’re serious about low-maintenance lawn care, it’s a must.
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