Your Guide to a Low-Maintenance Landscape

September 26, 2017

Not enough time in the day? Got the yard-keeping blues? These tips and tricks will help you cross one more thing off that pesky to-do list by keeping your landscape and yard care chores low-maintenance.
The less you have to water, trim, and prune the less time you will spend on yard care. Take up space with walkways, decks, and patios. Another option is to add an eye-catching water feature like a small fountain that will be both aesthetically pleasing and low upkeep.
For an attractive appeal that you can place and forget, put permanent edging around flower beds. Also, one popular xeriscaping technique is to use stones in replace of grass in flower beds and other areas. Another option is mulch. Mulch is great because it fertilizes plants and prevents weeds without needing regular maintenance.
Love the plant look? Use native plants (including grass) that naturally thrive in the area you live. Another idea is to plant flowers that bloom at different times of the year. Your yard will always give off a good presentation if at least some of the plants are continuously thriving. One plant that doesn’t need regular care is lavender. It only needs to be watered once or twice a week, making it a great option for the busy bee.
Things to consider

When planting trees, consider the height and shadow it will eventually take. You do not want to plant a tree that is going to end up being a problem on your roof and gutters in coming years. You will also want to consider what area will be covered in the shade to ensure it is one that won’t be needing much sun to thrive.
To enhance your lawn treatments, make sure you are doing them at the correct time of year. For instance, lawn fertilizer application is most effective in the late fall. Doing this promotes quick spring greening. Also, using fertilizers at the right time enhances the nutrients the plants receive. Cool-season turf grass plants should be fertilized at the onset of spring, while warm-season should be done at the peak of summer.
An easy, natural way to fertilize your lawn is to simply let the grass clippings remain on your lawn after you mow it to return moisture and key nutrients.
More time-saving tricks
Don’t overdo it. Only apply pesticides to the areas that need it. You can touch up the areas where weeds are growing as the issue arises. Also, if you cannot keep up with harsh weather conditions – don’t. Once the weather stabilizes, your lawn will have a chance to spring back to life.
Make smart watering choices. Water during the times of day where the temperature is the lowest, and wind conditions are minimal. Only water the parts of your lawn that are dry and in need of water. If you have automatic sprinklers, adjust accordingly. Shady areas require less water and fertilizer than plants that are in direct sunlight.