Let’s face it, yard work isn’t fun. But if you want to have any color and life in your yard, it means you’ll have to put in hours of work to keep it looking healthy and well-cared for, right? Not necessarily! Keep reading to learn how you can build a beautiful and low-maintenance lawn.
Test Your Soil:
If you haven’t done so in the past year, it’s a good idea to start by having a soil test conducted on your yard. This is a great way to find out more about your soil composition, which can help inform you as to what types of plants will thrive best on your property. A soil test can also alert you to potential contaminants or other issues with your soil that you’ll want to address before moving forward with a new landscaping plan. If your not sure where to start with this process, talk to a local nursery and get their advice.
Use Mixed Materials:
Hardscaping with bricks or pavers can be a great way to beautify your backyard and cut down on watering. Mulch beds also serve multiple purposes. For starters, they reduce the amount of grass that needs to be mowed. Second, they provide plants much-needed protection and shelter from the elements. Mulch beds also look appealing and are very inexpensive to install, making them an excellent addition to your property.
Plant Perennials & Easy-Care Plants:
If you’re going to plant flowers or any other plants, stick to plants that you can count on coming back year after year. Specifically, perennials are typically the best value for your lawn and will save you from needing to re-plant each year. Research perennials that will thrive in your climate and strategically place them around your yard. You can also which types of plants thrive in your area with little to no intervention from you and can use what you learn to make sure your lawn requires little care to keep looking beautiful.
Make Your Mantra – “Less is More”:
While you may be tempted to install a bed with dozens of different plants and flowers because it’ll be beautiful, there’s a downside. The more different plants you have, the more work you’ll have to put into meeting each individual plant’s care and maintenance needs. Instead, why not plant a few larger shrubs or even trees on your property? They’ll still be lovely, will require a lot less work and you can choose flowering varieties for if you want a few pops of color.
Depending on where you live, there are a few ways to save big on watering costs. If you’re in a desert climate, a drip system can work wonders. If you get lots of rain, consider setting up a rain barrel and let mother nature provide you with water for your plants. If neither of these scenarios apply, sprinkler systems that run on timers or watering during off-peak hours (early morning or late evening) may be the answer for you. Whichever option you decide on, you’ll save time and you’ll save money on water!
A low-maintenance yard and a beautifully landscaped yard don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Follow these simple, effective steps, and you’ll be saving hours on your weekend lawn care routine soon!
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