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Low Maintenance Landscape Design Ideas for reducing landscaping maintenance time and costs retweet Swipe to view slides Designed to be low maintenance, this front garden has massed plantings and no lawn. 567 Photography This California yard features low maintenance, yet lively plants.Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in Sausalito, CA. Most Popular Links Low Maintenance Backyards Low Maintenance Front Yards Sustainable Landscaping Lawnless Landscaping Landscape Plants Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas Use quality, long-lasting materials Reduce or replace your lawn Install garden edging Opt for perennials rather than annuals Install an efficient automatic irrigation system Low maintenance landscapes must be planned ahead of time. Many homeowners make the mistake of piecing their yard together here and there. This typically creates a landscape that requires more time and money to maintain than was anticipated. The best way to avoid this problem is to hire a professional landscape designer or architect to plan out your garden with reduced maintenance in mind. Simplicity of Design Landscaping experts agree that a simple design is the key to a low maintenance landscape. Christopher Starbuck, an Associate Professor for the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri Extension, says, “Simplicity is characteristic both of good design and low-maintenance landscapes. Eliminate frills such as statues and water features, or design them for easy care and maintenance.” Let the landscaping professional that you choose to work with know up front that you would like a simple, low-maintenance landscape. Low Maintenance Planting According to Robert F. Brzuszek, an Assistant Extension Professor for The Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University, a low maintenance landscape must have the right size plant in the right place. If your designer keeps this in mind it will help you avoid constant pruning. Brzuszek also recommends planting in masses because plants are easier to care for and mow around when grouped. For the most success, mass plants with similar light, water and care needs. Mulching Skip Richter, the director of the Travis County AgriLife Extension (Texas A&M), recommends mulching as a way to reduce landscape maintenance needs. Benefits of mulching: Acts as a weed barrier Holds in moisture, which reduces watering Releases nutrients into the soil Improves the appearance of garden beds
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Landscaping experts agree that a simple design is the key to a low maintenance landscape. Christopher Starbuck, an Associate Professor for the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri Extension, says, “Simplicity is characteristic both of good design and low-maintenance landscapes. Eliminate frills such as statues and water features, or design them for easy care and maintenance.” Let the landscaping professional that you choose to work with know up front that you would like a simple, low-maintenance landscape.
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Although there is no such thing as a maintenance-free landscape, it is possible to have an attractive landscape that is easy to care for. Good planning, design, plant selection and timely maintenance will reduce the amount of care that a landscape needs to look its best.
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Swipe to view slides Designed to be low maintenance, this front garden has massed plantings and no lawn. 567 Photography This California yard features low maintenance, yet lively plants.Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in Sausalito, CA.
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

A Little Nook in the Woods Carved out in a corner, this landscaping idea for a front yard garden showcases fuss-free plants and trees. Larger plants and trees occupy more space in a garden, effectively decreasing the number of plants needed to fill a space. Here, a white pine dominates against a wooden fence. Transitioning between tall plants and groundcovers is essential for any landscape, and low-maintenance gardens are no different. A globe blue spruce bridges the divide between path and trees behind it. Choose accents that involve little effort, too, such as solar-powered landscape lighting. A mostly monochromatic color palette is soothing to the eye and easy to create for nearly any gardener. Landscaping Tip: Lungwort and ferns offer hardy growth patterns with little TLC. See ideas for the backyard.
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Carved out in a corner, this landscaping idea for a front yard garden showcases fuss-free plants and trees. Larger plants and trees occupy more space in a garden, effectively decreasing the number of plants needed to fill a space. Here, a white pine dominates against a wooden fence. Transitioning between tall plants and groundcovers is essential for any landscape, and low-maintenance gardens are no different. A globe blue spruce bridges the divide between path and trees behind it. Choose accents that involve little effort, too, such as solar-powered landscape lighting. A mostly monochromatic color palette is soothing to the eye and easy to create for nearly any gardener. Landscaping Tip: Lungwort and ferns offer hardy growth patterns with little TLC.

Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

According to Robert F. Brzuszek, an Assistant Extension Professor for The Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University, a low maintenance landscape must have the right size plant in the right place. If your designer keeps this in mind it will help you avoid constant pruning. Brzuszek also recommends planting in masses because plants are easier to care for and mow around when grouped. For the most success, mass plants with similar light, water and care needs.
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Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

1 of 17 Create outdoor living spaces More outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. “Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for,” says Peyton. The couple has a stone patio with a grilling area, dining table, and separate fire pit area in their home. Similarly, a deck is an equally low-maintenance option. Courtesy of Chris & Peyton Lambton
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Create outdoor living spaces More outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. “Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for,” says Peyton. The couple has a stone patio with a grilling area, dining table, and separate fire pit area in their home. Similarly, a deck is an equally low-maintenance option. Courtesy of Chris & Peyton Lambton
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1 Create outdoor living spaces More outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. “Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for,” says Peyton. The couple has a stone patio with a grilling area, dining table, and separate fire pit area in their home. Similarly, a deck is an equally low-maintenance option. Courtesy of Chris & Peyton Lambton
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More outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. “Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for,” says Peyton. The couple has a stone patio with a grilling area, dining table, and separate fire pit area in their home. Similarly, a deck is an equally low-maintenance option.
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Materials Selection: Some elements of a landscape need more care than others. Generally, paving such as patios and walks require the least care. They are followed by structures such as sheds and arbors, then trees, shrubs, ground covers, and lawns. Bulbs, annual and perennial flowers, and plants that need special care such as roses need the most maintenance. Since few of us would want a garden without any seasonal flowering plants, the maintenance impact can be reduced by planting high-care plants in limited numbers and where they will have the most impact.
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Walks, patios, steps, walls, fences or shelters will need periodic maintenance that will vary in frequency based on the materials used. When considering various landscape and construction materials, compare the initial cost and maintenance to long term cost and durability.
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To minimize landscape maintenance, consider reducing the area of the yard devoted to turf. Keep large enough grassy areas for entertaining needs and play areas, but convert excess turf areas into plantings with lower maintenance needs.

What homeowner wouldn’t want a lush and colorful garden just outside the window? But while a garden definitely boosts your home’s curb appeal, it also claims a lot of your free time. There’s no such thing as a maintenance-free garden, but choosing smarter plantings does cut down on the amount of pruning and watering required. So, the next time you plant, try some of these lovely options that take care of themselves. Then get ready to enjoy your new low maintenance landscaping—from the comfort of your porch swing. By BobVila.com Expanded View >
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10 of 17 Plant climate-specific grass If you’re not ready to nix grass completely, consider which grasses naturally grow in your region. “If you plant a grass that is accustomed to your climate, that makes it low maintenance,” says Chris. “You can research which grass grows best in your area, and in turn save money on watering, fertilizing, and other maintenance.” For instance: In the Northeast — where the couple lives in their Cape Cod home — fescue and ryegrass grow well. Alternatively, in the Southeast, Bermuda grass is a better option. Courtesy of Chris and Peyton Lambton

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