Appealing as it is to have a beautifully landscaped front or back yard with colorful flowers, shaped and properly maintained bushes and shrubs, not everyone has time or the money for this. Also, depending on the climate, soil and precipitation of your area, your yard may be the perfect candidate for some low maintenance landscaping.
You can have an attractive and low maintenance landscaped garden, even with minimal budget, by incorporating easy care landscaping and low maintenance plants. Here are some tips on how you can have an easy care landscaped garden:
o Plant only low maintenance plants — ones that don’t need a lot of pruning and watering. Coniferous shrubs and flowering shrubs are great examples. Dwarf evergreens are generally low maintenance shrubs, slow-growing and needing very little care. Some of these are spreading, others more upright or globe shaped, and many are drought tolerant as well.
o Ground covers are another route to easy care landscaping. Investing in ground cover plants is a great idea to slow down or eliminate the growth of weeds. Mulches such as small stones, wood chips, and bark are also great to use when covering areas where you don’t want weeds to grow. They also help keep the soil cool and moist.
o If you are a flower lover, perennials are the answer for a low maintenance garden. Not only will you save money since you will not need to buy annuals every year, but your perennials will often spread and increase. Perennials for sunny hot places as well as shady areas, and everything in between are available. Look for ones that suit your conditions.
o Set up an automatic watering system. So many automatic systems are now available to the handy home gardener that you probably can set one up yourself in no time. Once you have made the initial investment in the system and the time to install it, your watering time will be cut to virtually nothing. Truly a boon to anyone who desires a low maintenance yard. It can be set so plants requiring more water are grouped and watered more frequently than others.
When designing low maintenance landscaping, opt for the most simple but elegant design. Be sure to keep the planting contours and lines as simple as possible. Choose plants carefully, looking for ones that have interest in more than one season, that can add color and texture to the overall design, and most importantly, ones that require little maintenance.
Materials used in the landscape also affects the amount of maintenance needed. Patios and paved walkways in an easy care landscape or garden area usually require the least attention and care. Structured garden elements such as arbors, ponds, lawns and plants like roses will require regular special attention so it is better to avoid them.
As you can see from these tips, it is very possible to have a beautiful and low maintenance yard.