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10 Steps to a Low Maintenance Yard

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Did you know that you can prevent weeds from growing in your lawn by applying the correct amount of fertilizer, not overwatering your lawn, and by frequently mowing your grass?

Contrary to what you might think, it is not necessary to work hard to make your lawn look great. Once you understand several simple tips and tricks, it will become easier for you to have a low maintenance yard.

To make things easier for you, we’ve created a guide. Read on and we will tell you everything that you need to know.

1. Abandon the Lawn

People are often surprised by this advice. But it might not be necessary for you to have a lawn if you have a small yard and don’t have any children.

If you get rid of your lawn, you will never need to worry about mowing your grass again. This means that you will have more free time on your hands.

You will also consume much less water once you get rid of your lawn. You can use the extra space in your yard to plant a garden or to create an outdoor seating area.

Lastly, those who get rid of their lawns will lower their carbon footprints because it won’t be necessary to use gas-powered lawnmowers. 

Unlike other kinds of plants, grass is not that good at cleaning the air. Trees and shrubs are better at doing this. Instead of growing a natural grass lawn, you can lay down artificial turf in your yard.

2. Choose the Right Plants

If you want to have a low maintenance garden and lawn, you should look for plants that are well-suited for your yard’s unique soil conditions.

For example, if you have a shaded garden with mineral-rich soil, you could plant ferns or hostas.

If you are not sure what kinds of plants will be most likely to thrive in your yard, you should choose native plants such as salvia, morning glories, and California fuchsia.

Native plants will need to be watered less often because they’ve evolved over many thousands of years to thrive in desert climates.

It is easy to find native bushes and plants that require very little maintenance. One of the best slow-growing plants that you should consider adding to your yard is Lily of the Nile and sea lavender.

3. Use Large Pots

In most situations, it is easier to find large pots than it is to find small ones. 

Smaller pots tend to dry out quickly, which means that it’s necessary to water them more often. On the other hand, the soil within large pots will be able to retain water for much longer.

Try to group your large pots together or use raised planters if you want to decrease how often you’ll need to tend to these plants.

4. Keep Things Simple

It is essential to have hardy shrubs and evergreen plants if you are doing a yard remodel in order to create a low maintenance yard.

Shrubs tend to grow slowly and they are capable of surviving for many years before they need to be replaced. Evergreens don’t drop many leaves and will not require very much water.

You should also look for groundcover plants. These will grow together and will prevent weeds from taking hold in your yard.

5. Look for Long-Lasting Combinations

Choose plants that have contrasting textures and colors if you want your yard to look vibrant all year round. This is a great alternative to adding seasonal bedding plants when you want to add color to your yard.

6. Choose Slow-Release Garden Food

You should try to use slow-release garden food for feeding all of your plants. All you need to do is place a small amount of these nutrients beside all of your most important plants.

Slow-release plant food will give important nutrients to the plants in your yard for an entire season. Once you do this, all you’ll need to worry about is watering your plants.

7. Create Landscaping Borders with Blocks and Stones

You can use landscaping blocks and stones to create borders in your yard. Before you do this, it is a good idea to use spray paint or chalk to paint out your yard’s different sections before creating natural borders. 

8. Make a Rock Garden

People have been making rock gardens in countries such as Japan and China for many hundreds of years. But they have only recently become popular in the United States.

All you need to do is place a layer of dry sand or pebbles onto the ground. You can then add boulders and drought-resistant plants.

9. Use Less Garden Fabric and Plastic

Instead of laying down fabric and plastic to prevent weeds from growing, you should lay down several inches of mulch in your garden and along the edges of your yard.

It is better to use mulch for controlling weeds because plastic and fabric will need to be replaced every couple of years. On the other hand, it is very easy to lay down mulch.

10. Add Water Irrigation Systems

Once you install water irrigation systems in your yard, you will need to spend much less time taking care of your plants. All you’ll need to do is set a timer and relax.

Create a Low Maintenance Yard Today

There are many great reasons to create a low maintenance yard. By doing this, you will save a lot of time and energy.

We specialize in both outdoor and indoor remodeling, and we can help you create the low maintenance yard of your dreams. Don’t hesitate to contact Designs 4 You if you are ready to get started.

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