New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Sonia Scott

For many, the perfect yard is the one they can enjoy without having to spend a lot of time on yard work. The key to achieving this lies all in the planning. You must design the landscape to be low maintenance. Then, follow through with performing what little maintenance is needed to ensure that the yard never needs hours and hours of time all at once to look good. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Skip the lawn

Lawns require a lot of effort on mowing, fertilizing, and weeding. Instead, choose a groundcover that requires next to no maintenance other than a periodic trim to remove the dead tops of the plants. Groundcover clover is a popular option. It remains green, grows densely enough to smother out weeds, and requires no care beyond irrigation and a periodic trim. Other options include creeping thyme, scotch moss, and ground ivy. Simply find the groundcover that will thrive in your climate and sun exposure.

Tip #2: Choose perennial borders

An attractive yard requires more than just lawn or groundcover. You also need some borders and beds. Opt for low maintenance perennials instead of annuals you must replant each year. Some perennials, like flowering sage, lavender, and echinacea, require little more than a single trim each year to remove the dead growth. Even smaller perennials, like columbine and daisies, aren't too picky about care, since all you need to do is remove a dead flower now and again.

Tip #3: Weed-proof the beds

The main complaint with beds is that they need to be weeded. You can minimize and possibly even eliminate this concern by weed-proofing the beds. Line each bed with landscape fabric before planting, and then spent a few minutes each spring spreading a fresh layer of mulch over the fabric. Also, make sure each bed is edged with rubber, brick, or stone edging so your groundcover doesn't encroach on the flowers.

Tip #4: Minimize tree and shrub care

Finally, a well designed landscape must have a few trees or shrubs. Your goal is to avoid those that need constant care, such as formal hedges that must be pruned several times a year. Instead, opt for those only need annual maintenance trims. A good choice is evergreens with a pleasing natural shape, such as a fir or spruce. If you opt for deciduous trees, skip those that produce messy fruits, like crabapple or ornamental plum. If you want spring flowers, opt for a purely ornamental cherry or dogwood. Keep in mind that deciduous trees will require raking in the fall to pick up the dead leaves, but this is only a once a year chore.

For more help in planning a low maintenance yard, contact a landscape designer in your area.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.