Maintaining your landscaping can be exhausting, and no one wants to spend the summer working hard in the yard. Here are some changes you can make to reduce maintenance so you can instead spend your summer afternoons sipping lemonade in the garden.
These low maintenance landscaping ideas are often cost effective, relatively easy to maintain, and look absolutely beautiful no matter your climate and local landscape. Plus, many alternative landscaping ideas are eco-friendly!
Eliminate the need for weeding by covering a large portion of the lawn with landscaping. Landscaping can be constructed from brick, stone, cobblestone or gravel and crushed stone. Choose your landscaping materials based on your budget or aesthetic – large boulders and cobblestones are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, with crushed stones on the more economical side.
Hardscapes are a great opportunity to add living space to your outdoor spaces. Create a fire pit and seating area in the furthest sections of your yard, or add a patio adjacent to your home. They are excellent spaces for hosting, crafting and simply relaxing.
Mulch, mulch, mulch!
Mulch helps prevent weeds and retains moisture around your landscape plants. Mulch also adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes, so go organic if possible to get the most out of this natural weed mat. Plan to add new mulch each spring to give your garden the best care.
Stones and pebbles
Use rocks or pebbles in garden beds as a more permanent solution to mulch, or use them as paths through mulch beds. Cleverly laid stones, think “rivers” of pebbles, can also add interest to a garden without the need for planting or pruning. Use a combination of large rocks and small pebbles to create a rock garden.
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Low maintenance plants
Perennials are a low maintenance gardener‘s dream. They come back every year, and all that’s left to do is water and prune! When planting these perennials, don’t be afraid of the free space between them; just know that the tighter they are, the less weeds they will let in.
Here are some great perennial plant options to consider for your landscaping:
- Lavender: The soft purple buds on the lavender plant are not only beautiful but also fragrant. You can collect and dry the sprigs to add fragrance to your indoor space or simply take advantage of their natural insect repellent properties in the yard.
- Ground cover plants: Ground cover plants like clover and moss can be attractive lawn replacements, don’t require as much water and you won’t have to mow! In gardens, use “creeping” plants with pretty flowers like phlox or vinca to fill in large areas and crowd out weeds.
Use plant pots to add interest and flexibility to your landscaping, giving you color and blooms without weeds or commitment. Potted plants can live on the patio for a party and in the garden for everyday enjoyment. You can even move potted plants indoors when the weather turns cold so you can celebrate summer a little longer.
If you really love the look of green grass but don’t want to worry about watering, mowing or weeding, artificial lawns may be your answer. Keep in mind that the initial cost is considerably more than grass, but it will save you time and money down the road.
Make your yard nicer and easier to maintain with some of these low maintenance landscaping ideas. You’ll spend more time relaxing in your outdoor space and have more time to spend with family and friends.