Experts agree: Extra hours on the front end pay dividends later when it comes to creating a low-maintenance backyard. "By far, bed prep makes a difference for years to come," says Will Stribling, who owns Sutter Landscapes, LLC, a Design/Build & Maintenance firm in North Carolina.
That includes a couple of steps:
If you want a low-maintenance backyard that gives you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors, start with the right plants. As a guide:
The basics will get you a long way toward a goal of low-maintenance landscaping. They include:
Before you even create a backyard landscape, you need to create a plan. And when it comes to low-maintenance landscaping, a good idea of steps to take will have you working less. They include:
Lawn is a maintenance-intensive addition to a backyard. Minimize yours by creatively using groundcover and flowerbeds in areas where a stretch of grass isn't necessary. You'll eliminate fertilizing, mowing, aerating, and other tasks associated with lawn upkeep. Check out these top groundcovers.
Finally: Remember to make it beautiful. A beautiful backyard is one you want to be in and one in which everyday maintenance tasks don't seem so burdensome. "I'm in my landscape just to enjoy it all the time," Sutter says. "I tell people to have something in their landscape that draws them there regularly, another room to go to that they enjoy. Then the garden will keep you wanting to go out there, and you'll take care of it."