A beautifully landscaped yard is an extension of your home.
However, landscaping that requires regular maintenance and upkeep can quickly become a chore.
Here are some tips for low-maintenance landscaping ideas to help you get the most out of your yard.
Build an Outdoor Room
With comfortable furniture, a concrete or stone “floor,” and a few amenities like an outdoor sink and grill, your backyard can become a beautiful extension of your living space.
Some homeowners prefer to hire designers to create an outdoor room space.
Others convert their patios into functional outdoor rooms.
Think of it like a backyard lounge.
With the variety and quality of patio furniture that’s available at reasonable prices, adding an outdoor room space to your home might be more feasible than you think.
Use Stone, Gravel, and Pavers
A paved lawn is a lawn you don’t have to mow.
Build a good foundation for your patios and paved areas, and you’ll never have to wrestle with weeds between the cracks.
Stone and pavers are easy to pressure watch, which makes the minimal maintenance they need quick and easy.
Plus, they’re great for barefoot summer days.
Line Beds with Mulch or Landscaping Fabric
Everyone loves flowers.
Nobody loves weeds.
If you’re going to have flower beds in your yard, control weeds and make your life easier by spreading mulch or starting with a layer of landscaping fabric.
Landscaping fabric prevents sunlight from reaching weed seeds so they can’t grow.
It’s also a great foundation for vegetable gardens!
Plant Native Perennials
Plants that are native to your area will fare far better than species from other parts of the world, even if they’re adapted to your climate.
By choosing perennials, you can plant once and enjoy the bounty year after year.
Gardening is lots of fun – until you have to do it.
Pot Your Plants
If you’re going to grow plants that are sensitive to certain weather conditions, consider planting them in pots.
When the weather is good, you can leave them outside.
When conditions aren’t so favorable, it’s much easier to move your planters indoors, rather than trying to cover them and hoping they withstand the elements.
Consider Artificial Grass
Especially if you have children or pets, artificial grass might be a smart investment.
Kids and dogs are rough on yards, but artificial grass never dies or browns.
Upkeep is simple, and your yard remains green all year.
Keep It Simple
The more elements you include in your landscaping plan, the more you’ll have to keep up with.
If your yard is large, or you want a more involved landscape, consider a compromise:
Choose only one component that requires regular upkeep, like your formal herb garden, and all of the other elements as durable and low-maintenance as possible.
Opt for simple elegance over complex opulence, and you’ll have a yard that you can relax in instead of work on.