Many of us today have extremely busy work schedules. In spite of this, there is still a desire to own a home with a large private back yard for entertainment and relaxation.
These two desires can come into conflict with one another, particularly for first-time home buyers who are not familiar with the demands of landscape maintenance and gardening.
Some landscapes are not only time-consuming but costly. Although they may look beautiful, they will require constant upkeep to keep them looking that way. Depending on your locality, you may also have to pay a large utility bill to keep well-manicured landscapes watered daily.
Here’s how to make your yard and landscape as maintenance-free as possible.
Choose A Single Focal Area For Your Garden
The temptation on a large landscape is to fill it with several garden sites. Gardening requires constant yearly maintenance, though. Even if you fill your garden with perennials that come back every year, they will still need weeding, fertilizing, clipping, mulching and other garden chores, especially during the hot summer months, when foliage grows profusely. Having more than one garden also complicates lawn mowing.
Unless you plan to hire a gardener, keep your garden labor to a minimum. Break up a large landscape with stationary elements that require less upkeep, such as a lawn ornaments, garden furniture, a gazebo or a playground for children.
Consider installing pavers or a deck on your lawn to keep mowing to a minimum. You can also use ground covers in some areas where grass is difficult to grow. Ground covers are hardy green plants that grow low to the ground, require less sunshine, and can be used as lawn fillers.
Choose Trees And Bushes Wisely
Keep deciduous trees to a minimum, which will put down leaves that need to be raked each year. Some trees, such as maples, also drop a large amount of seeds each year that self-plant anywhere there are open areas of soil. Fruit trees are beautiful in the spring, but they do require trimming, fertilizing and sufficient watering to keep them looking their best.
Some trees and bushes grow more slowly than others, requiring less trimming. Contact your gardening store to ask about trees and bushes in your growing zone that require the least work and can still add color to your lawn.
Don’t plant trees and bushes too close to the foundation of the house. Doing so will attract insects and animals, and their growing roots can even interfere with your home’s plumbing or foundation.
Avoid A Large Pool
Many first-time home buyers are attracted to large pools, mainly because they don’t understand the significant amount of maintenance they require. Before installing a large pool in your backyard, it’s best to become informed about what is necessary to keep it running.
Beyond the expense of water, large pools must be filtered, chemically treated, and covered and over-weathered during cold weather. All will require some method of cleaning on a regular basis, whether manual or automatic, or both. Although a large pool can be a very attractive feature for a family, it’s best to avoid it unless you have the time and money to devote to its maintenance.
With some time spent on planning, it’s possible to grow a garden landscape that is as low-maintenance as possible, while it still manages to look beautiful year after year.