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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 spend your summer afternoons sipping lemonade in the garden instead.
These low-maintenance landscaping ideas are often cost-effective, relatively easy to maintain, and look absolutely stunning no matter your climate and local landscape. Plus, there are plenty of alternative landscaping ideas that are eco-friendly!
Eliminate the need for weeding by covering a large portion of the lawn with landscaping. Hardscapes can be constructed from brick, stone, cobblestones or gravel and crushed rock. 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 rocks on the more economical side.
Hardscapes are a great opportunity to add living space to your outdoor spaces. Create a fireplace and seating area in the farthest sections of your garden, or add a patio adjacent to your home. These are great spaces to entertain, craft, and just relax.
Mulch, mulch, mulch!
Mulch helps prevent weeds and retains moisture around your landscaped plants. Mulch also adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down, 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 stones or pebbles in the beds as a more permanent solution than mulch, or use them as paths through mulched beds. Artfully laid stones, think of pebble “rivers”, can also add interest to a garden without the need for planting or pruning. Use a combination of large boulders and small pebbles to create a rockery.
Low maintenance plants
Perennials are a low-maintenance gardener‘s dream. They come back every year, all you have to do is water and prune! When planting these perennials, do not be afraid of the open space between them; just be aware that the tighter they are packed, the less weed they will let in.
Here are some great perennial options to consider for your landscaping:
- Lavender: The soft purple buds on the lavender plant are not only beautiful but also fragrant. You can pick up and dry the strands to add a scent to your indoor space or just take advantage of their natural insect repellent properties in the yard.
- Black eyed susan: These sunny yellow wildflowers grow well just about anywhere, but especially in full sun, which makes them incredibly popular and useful. Plant clumps for a splash of color. They’ll bloom all summer long if you squash them, but you can let them sow and let the birds munch on them during the fall.
- Native local grasses: There is nothing more resilient than the native grasses in your area. These are specifically developed to thrive in your climate and will use the least amount of additional water. They also won’t require mowing or pruning! Try a tool like this native plant locator to identify what’s local to your zip code.
- Other native plants: Use the Native Plant Finder to also help you find the perfect flowers, shrubs and trees for your area. It will lead you to drought tolerant plants like aster, poppy, sage, or succulents for hot, dry climates. In humid climates, you might opt ââfor plants like impatiens, angelonia, or cosmos.
- Ground cover plants: Ground cover plants like clover and moss can be an attractive substitute for lawns, 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 large areas and keep weeds out.
Use plant pots to add interest and flexibility to your landscaping, giving you color and blooms without the weeds or engagement. Potted plants can live on the deck for a party and in the garden for everyday enjoyment. You can even move potted plants indoors when the weather cools down to allow you to celebrate summer a little longer.
If you really love the look of green grass but don’t want the hassle of watering, mowing, or weeding, artificial lawns may be your solution. Keep in mind that the initial cost is considerably higher than sod, but it will save you time and money down the road.
Make your garden nicer and easier to maintain with some of these low maintenance landscaping ideas. You will spend more time relaxing in your outdoor space and have more time to spend with family and friends.
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