Landscaping For Easy Maintenance

Most homeowners want a beautiful yard, but many don't have the time or skills to make their goals a reality. Fortunately, landscapers can help. A landscaper can help you design a yard that is easy to care for but still beautiful. Some landscapers can even help you maintain your beautiful yard once the landscaping is finished.

Bed Placement

Garden beds help break up an expanse of lawn so that the yard is more visually pleasing. Typically, you will want to combine border beds with island beds. Border beds can line the walls of your house, or they may line a paved area like a path or driveway. Island beds are placed in the center of lawn areas. They typically have an anchor point item, like a shrub, tree, or lawn ornament, which may then have other flowers and plants growing around it.

For easy care, keep the shapes of these beds simple so it is easy to trim around them. Use edging to demarcate the edges of the beds, as well, to prevent grass from migrating into the area.

Plant Selection

Easy care yards require easy care plants. Instead of planting a ton of high-maintenance flowers in your beds, opt for low-maintenance plants. Ornamental foliage and grass plants, such as hostas and fountain grass, require minimal care other than periodic watering and fertilizing. Instead of high maintenance roses, opt for low-maintenance bushes like cinquefoil and lavender.

The same can be said for trees. Some trees, like many ornamental fruit trees, require careful pruning and training to stay healthy and attractive. Conifers that grow in a natural pyramidal shape, on the other hand, tend to need very little care or trimming over the course of their lives.

Grass Choices

The right grass for your microclimate is vital if you want to avoid constant maintenance. The landscaper will assess your yard to determine whether a shade-tolerant or a heat-tolerant grass is best. If you have areas with heavy tree cover, for example, shade-tolerant grasses are the better choice. The goal is to choose the right grass type and then fertilize and water it appropriately so it stays lush because a lush lawn is less likely to suffer weed problems.

Your landscaper may even recommend skipping grass in some areas. For example, other groundcovers may be more appropriate in areas where grass doesn't grow well or where it can be difficult to mow.

Contact a landscaping service for more help.