Top 5 tricks for a low-maintenance landscape



If you love a beautiful outdoor living space but are short on time or energy, here are some tricks to keep your landscape appealing and low maintenance at the same time.

  • Choose to xeriscape. Xeriscaping is a great way to reduce or eliminate the need for watering your yard. This design is popular in primarily dry regions of the western United States. Many trees, shrubs, and flowering plants do well in this type of landscape where the only water comes from nature. Check out the chapter Xeriscape and other low-maintenance gardens for more details.
  • Install an irrigation system. To reduce water, time, and cost, install an irrigation system, and set it on a timer. By providing just the right amount of water at the right time, an irrigation system allows you to enjoy your landscape without the worry of watering.
  • Create an outdoor dining area. Using space in your landscape for an outdoor dining area creates an extension of your home and shrinks your yard. Build an outdoor dining space on a gravel or paver foundation, which is much lower maintenance than grass.
  • Make rock gardens. By nature, rock gardens are low maintenance due to the type of plants used, which are usually drought tolerant. The rocks surrounding the garden need nothing and will remain forever.
  • Mulch as much as possible. You can’t go wrong with mulch. Not only does it help retain moisture, but it is also an expert weed suppressor. Mulch comes in a variety of shapes and textures, and you can even make your own organic mulch, which will enrich the soil around your plants.



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