Make your yard easier to maintain

070806-flowers.jpgYard maintenance isn’t my most favorite thing in the world. Luckily, my yard is pretty small and the maintenance is minimal. If you have a larger yard with more landscaping and plants to look after, you may want to try some of these tips to cut your maintenance down as much as possible.

Go native: Ask your local garden center what the easiest native plants are in your area. Make these native plants the foundation for your yard’s landscaping.

Watering: Try and go for drought resistant plants, but you may also want to invest in an automatic watering system that can save you from watering your plants.

Take an hour: For an hour a week, go through your yard and keep the weeds to a minimum. Also, make sure the plants are thriving and in good health.

Mulch: Mulching around your bushes and plants reduces weeds and helps nourish your plants. Mulch also holds in moisture so you don’t have to water your plants as much.

Plant perennials: Plant more perennials and fewer annuals. This will save you time and money every spring.

Hire someone: If you absolutely are not interested in, or unable to do yard work, consider hiring someone to do all these tasks for you. If it is cost-effective, of course.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.

4 Comments for “Make your yard easier to maintain”

  1. posted by sharon on

    Even in Florida where we got 3 inches of rain yesterday, we are on water restrictions. So xeriscaping (what you describe above) is very important here. One of biggest time consumers is lawn grass. It’s ironic that a plain lawn looks like the most uncluttered until you look at all the materials and tool required to maintain it. Plant more shrubs!

  2. posted by Anonymous on

    Best yard unclutterer: bricks. All over bricks.

  3. posted by HazelStone on

    There’s an article in a design magazine (Domino?) about turning your backyard into a formal French style gravel garden. Baasically, you cover the area with nice looking, deep gravel and have a few nice items like metal benches and chairs, a sculpture or trellis and some nice looking plants in planters.

    Sounds good to me.

  4. posted by Lana on

    I saw that article, Hazel — it did look pretty nice. I wouldn’t recommend it for people who live in hot climates though. The heat of the sun bouncing off and radiating from all of that gravel will raise the temp of everything around it, including your house. And besides, too much stone or gravel in a yard tends to look overly prim, imho. I’d rather go with some low maintenance ground cover.

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