Every homeowner wants to have a beautiful lawn and a lush garden. But what if the green thumb in the family seemed to skip your generation? Gardening takes a little bit of practice and a lot of consistent work, so more likely the issue is simply that you can’t give your landscaping the sort of time and attention it requires. If you want to keep watering and mowing to a minimum, that doesn’t mean you can’t be surrounded by greenery and beautiful views. It will just come down to the choices you make when designing your property. Here are five tips for low maintenance landscaping, to help you through that process.
First of all, consider installing an automatic irrigation system. This will take a bit of time and money invested right at the start, but you’ll enjoy the convenience for years and years to come. You can hire professionals to lay the piping and plot out the irrigation system, or you can probably hop online and find a simple, DIY plan to take care of the job yourself. In either case, you’ll never have to remember to water again. And that should certainly help keep more of your plants from going belly up.
You might also want to consider different planting options than just straight grass. Everyone wants that green, lush ground cover, but grass takes an awful lot of work to get right. You’ll end up using harsh, chemical weed killers and treatment sprays as well, which can be downright dangerous if you have pets or young children in the house. Grass also requires a ton of water, which might simply be impossible in your region. Two great alternatives are clover and moss. Both are quite drought tolerant, and stand up well to weeds and insects. They also don’t have to mowed nearly as much.
Everyone loves a bright, colorful flowerbed. But if you forget to water for a couple of days or hit up against a tough regional drought those colors will disappear in a hurry. Head to the garden center and ask the staff about perennials that are resistant to droughts. You’ll get the same sort of gorgeous look you were hoping for, but with a far lower drain on your time and the natural resources you have to provide.
Sometimes it helps to think like an architect and not a farmer, and realize that the materials you employ in landscaping don’t always have to be the same. In arid regions people simply cannot keep most plants alive. An alternative that has become incredibly popular is putting together a rock garden. You’ll have some drought-tolerant plants spread in there, but the rocks can be laid out in a striking design that’s just as impactful as a ton of plant life. You can get incredibly creative here with size, texture and color, and the best part is you’ll never have to spend a second watering!
Finally, finish off the design with patios and paved walkways. Just make sure you have these layouts already in mind before you employ that irrigation company, so they know where they can install their products and how deep they need to go. You don’t have to pave over the entire yard, but breaking up the garden with winding pathways and patios set up for a big barbecue party will cut down the amount of time you spend landscaping, while giving your property a polished feel. If you do these paving jobs well, they’ll even add to the resale value of your home.