An inviting yard or outdoor living space at home gives you the daily opportunity to reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. However, sometimes your lawn and landscaping can seem more like an overwhelming chore than something to be enjoyed.
With a little bit of foresight and initial work, you can cut down on the time it takes to maintain your landscaping, freeing you up to simply enjoy the outdoors more often.
Follow these three guidelines to get started.
Embrace Your Climate
Research the weather and soil conditions of your area, and build a design around those foundational elements. Include as many native plants as possible, as they will naturally establish themselves more quickly and require less special treatment in order to thrive. In drier climates, consider replacing some of your grass with an alternative rock garden accented with a low maintenance ground cover.
Think Year Round Beauty
Making strategic choices means you can help your landscaping look attractive all year long and for many years to come. When choosing your plants, opt for a long lasting perennials, hardy evergreens or ground covers that can slowly take the place of grass. Consult a local nursery for specific recommendations.
One of the easiest ways to cut back on yard maintenance is to decrease the size of your lawn. Stepping stones or concrete pavers spread out among the grass can add character and visual interest to your yard. Although it requires an upfront investment, installing a composite wood deck or a brick or concrete patio can minimize upkeep while creating a relaxing space to entertain.
Decide Best Planting Spots
By taking an overall look at your garden and yard, you can figure out how much space you want to fill.
Look at your landscape and imagine it years from now:
- Will utility lines be a problem when trees get bigger?
- Might driveways, sidewalks and patios need some pretty groundcover or flowers to soften the hardscapes?
- Are there views out your home’s windows that you need to see? Or hide?
Also, know where your home’s underground utilities are buried for safety when planting trees and shrubs. Always research your local utility rules. In Columbus, you can call 811 to get information before you dig.
Explore the Neighborhood
Getting the right plant in the right place remains key to a beautiful landscape. You can figure out what you need and want simply by driving or walking around your neighborhood, Arnold responds.
“See what looks good and what your neighbors are having success with. Talk to your neighbors and ask what is working for them and what is not,” she says. She also says to stop by your local independent garden centers to inquire about what works for the area. They also know what has been selling, and what is being returned dead.
Do you have any additional ideas or tips to share? Please leave a comment below on some ideas you have found to be helpful for your landscaping projects.