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Five low maintenance landscaping ideas

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Mika, Staff Writer

Thursday, 24 June 2021

The idea of having to maintain your backyard is often what keeps us from getting the perfect landscape garden. Having to constantly trim the hedges, weed the flower beds, and water the lawn is some people’s idea of a chore, not a hobby. 

So what if there were ways of having your cake and eating it too? Having a perfectly landscaped garden without the hassle of maintaining it year in year out.

There are a number of low-maintenance garden ideas that can transform your backyard into the garden of your dreams without all the added maintenance. 

Let’s take a look at five low-maintenance landscaping ideas for your own backyard, before you hire a landscape gardener to make them come to life.

1. Artificial Grass

It may not be a popular choice with keen gardeners, but artificial grass can have huge benefits for your backyard and requires zero maintenance. There’s no chance of under or overwatering your lawn and there’s no cutting the grass every weekend to make it look its best. Aside from the maintenance, artificial grass is also dog and child-proof. You won’t find your family pooch digging a hole in this lawn. Just with one fell swoop, your yard can look its greenest.  

2. Use crushed stone in your flower beds

One of the most time-consuming things you do in your garden is weeding flower beds. Sprouting up almost everywhere, weeds can really affect the whole look of your garden and can detract from the attractiveness of your flowers. To combat this, why not fill the flower beds with a mixture of crushed stone. Not only does this cover unwanted weeds and plants, it means that the beds will need less maintenance and watering. This will leave you with far more time to simply enjoy your backyard without getting bogged down in watering and weeding.

3. Add outdoor seating  

A great way of changing the overall look of your garden’s landscape, without having to maintain it afterward is to add outdoor seating. Not only does this require zero maintenance, but it also provides the perfect place to sit and enjoy your garden once the work has been finished. Outdoor seating comes in a variety of different styles, sizes, and colors, making it one of the most creative things to add. Why not try adding a long stone bench amongst your flowers. This way, it will be resistant to overall wear and the weather with the changing of the seasons.

4. Add some potted plants

Why not try adding a selection of potted plants to your backyard, perfect for low-maintenance landscaping. You are able to move the plants around, adapting to the season, changing light, and your own floral tastes quickly. Using pots also means they are easier to water and change when you want, perfect for landscaping on a budget. 

5. Choose native plants for your garden

Lots of plants we choose for our garden are high maintenance because they’re not native to the US. By choosing native plants, you can cut back the maintenance you need to upkeep them in your backyard. This keeps pruning, watering and the overall cost of the plants down - perfect for landscaping on a budget.

To sum up

With so many good low-maintenance garden ideas, landscaping on a budget doesn’t have to take away from the overall look of your backyard and often can add something special to it. By knowing where to use creative flair and little gardening knowledge thrown in, you too can have the perfect garden.

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