3 Keys to Low-Maintenance Landscaping
An inviting yard or outdoor living space at home gives you the daily opportunity to reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. However, sometimes your lawn and landscaping can seem more like an overwhelming chore than something to be enjoyed.
“Looking at your garden should not make you think of your to-do list,” says Julie Farris, a landscape designer based in New York.
With some foresight and initial work, you can cut down on the time it takes to maintain your landscaping, freeing you up to simply enjoy the outdoors more often. Follow these three guidelines to get started.
Embrace your climate. Research the weather and soil conditions of your area, and build a design around those foundational elements. Include as many native plants as possible, as they will naturally establish themselves more quickly and require less special treatment in order to thrive. In drier climates, consider replacing some of your grass with an attractive rock garden accented with a low-maintenance groundcover.
Think year-round beauty. With a little bit of strategic planning, you can make your landscaping look attractive all year long – and for many years to come. When choosing your plants, opt for long-lasting perennials, hardy evergreens or groundcovers that can slowly take the place of grass. Consult a local nursery for specific recommendations.
Incorporate hardscape. One of the easiest ways to cut back on yard maintenance is to decrease the size of your lawn. Stepping stones or concrete pavers spread out among the grass can add visual interest and character to your yard. Although it requires an upfront investment, installing a brick patio or a composite-wood deck can minimize upkeep while creating a relaxing space to entertain.
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