Tips for a Low Maintenance Landscape That is Still Beautiful
Most people enjoy looking at the beautifully landscaped yards in their neighborhood and even more enjoy relaxing on the porch or patio or in a hammock in their own yards surrounded by the beautiful plants of their own yard. Beautiful yards that everyone can enjoy do take work but they do not have to turn you into a slave. You can have the yard of your dreams without sending every weekend slaving away with water hoses, fertilizer, and a stack of cash. We here at Country Landscape and Supply wanted to share with you three handy tips to make this possible:
Right plant – right place.
The one tip that can make the biggest impact on your landscape is making sure you put the right plant in the right place. This sounds simple, but not doing this can set you up for a constant battle to keep the plants alive and looking good. Here are some examples of this.
- You have a yard that is mostly sun. You love azaleas and though they do best in partial shade and moist soils you buy some and plant them around your patio. They may look good for the first few months or so but eventually, they will suffer because of the heat and sun and dry soil and you will be fighting to keep them wet enough and will never have a thriving bush.
- You buy and plant a three-foot spruce tree neck to your driveway. It looks good for the first few years but you begin to have problems with the driveway cracking as the roots expand underneath it, the tree drops leaves and seed pods all over the driveway and then one year during a storm the weak and unhealthy tree falls over and falls on your car.
These are just two examples of the problems you can have if you just stick plants willy-nilly in your yard without any thought or planning. You can make or break your landscape with the plants you use and where you put them!
Go small and keep it simple.
In many cases, unless you have a huge house with a lot of space and a really big yard, it is best to choose dwarf varieties of plants to use in your landscape. As our lives get busier, people have been seeking smaller and easier to maintain plants. Growers have answered the demand and we now have smaller, more compact, easier to grow plants. You can now find dwarf varieties of crape myrtles, junipers, hollies, lilies, roses, and many more. Some are naturally occurring variants and others are manmade varieties that have been created through selective propagation. These are perfect for the low maintenance landscape because they don’t grow as fast or as big so they require less care and pruning, often need less water, and sometimes can be grown in areas where other varieties could not.
- There are big and small varieties of many trees and shrubs. Going with the smaller variety means a hedge will need less pruning every year to keep it looking nice. Dwarf shrubs and flowers will need less fertilizer and will not outgrow their flower beds or pots as fast.
- Landscape plants also can have smaller varieties that are more tolerant of shade or sun as there is less plant to try and keep alive. You can also find smaller dwarf variants that have different size or color flowers or leaves or other features that also make them great choices for your yard.
Say goodbye to high maintenance plants.
Replace high maintenance shrubs with easy to grow plants. A prime example of this is with roses. Most old-fashioned traditional roses were natural variants that had not been altered in any way by selective propagation. They were beautiful but very prone to problems- blight, mold, fungus, blights, aphids and more. This made them very difficult to grow in the average landscape. Thankfully we now have variations that are much more resistant to diseases and pets and that are much longer lasting in their blooms. There are other examples of this as well that you can take advantage of:
- Roses now have many easy to grow varieties you can choose from
- Orchids are becoming more tolerant of water and temperature fluctuations
- Crape Myrtles have more color variations and longer lasting blooms
- Turfgrass is more tolerant of heat and drought and needs less mowing
- Many varieties are now well suited for container and patio arrangements
Contact Us Today
If you want to learn more about how to make a beautiful yet low maintenance landscape for your yard that you and your family can enjoy, give us a call. We here at Country Landscape and Supply have the skills and experience that can help you get the yard of your dreams- without sacrificing your weekends in the process!