Whether you have just bought a new home or your landscaping just needs a facelift there are a couple of things that you need to consider including what you want it to look like and how much it is going to cost you. You also need to take into consideration just how much time it will take you to maintain the look of your landscaping. You’re busy, most homeowners are so here some tips for landscaping that is easy to maintain and won’t cost you a fortune.
Buy Good Materials
Budget is always a concern so you may be tempted to buy cheaper materials. Saving money is always good but only if you get material that is high quality, unfortunately good doesn’t always come cheap and it can cost you in the long run. Get good materials right from the start, these are the things that you don’t want to change year after year such as fencing, decking materials, gazebos or any hardscaping element.
Use Low Maintenance Plants
You may think rose bushes look beautiful, but you’re going to spend more time maintaining them than you might want to. There are long lists of other plants that are also delicate and require plenty of TLC. Rather look for shrubs, perennials and trees that work well in your climate. Find plants that can handle drought conditions, cold, insects or whatever Mother Nature can throw at them. Here are some low maintenance plants for your landscaping.
No Big Rolling Lawns
You may think that lots of grass is easy to maintain, you just mow it every week or so and that’s it. Lawns are actually a lot of work to maintain. In addition to mowing you will also have to trim, rake, watering, fertilize and keep all the different pests away. The other option is using moss or clover instead of big swaths of grass. You can also add some plants, shrubs or trees to cover the area.
Put Plants Together
Planting a bunch of plants together actually makes maintenance easier. If you have a lawn as well it is easier to mow around them or trim the edges. You can use bunches of plants to hide less flattering parts of your landscaping.
Be Careful Where You Put the Plants
Be careful where you put shrubs and trees, if they are too close to your house, your neighbor’s property or power lines then they are going to need to be trimmed regularly.
If all of this still sounds like more work than you want to do then you can always go with a rock garden instead, it has absolutely no maintenance at all.