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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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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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Our landscape design-build firm takes pride in offering high quality services to homeowners in Lawrence and surrounding Douglas county areas! We exercise a caring approach to create gardens that are both low maintenance and long to our environment. We’re proud to be a “green” company.We have witnessed many spectacular homes that are under-landscaped with generic plants and cheap paver blocks. With our help, we can give your home that beautiful, mature, and unique look that will have your neighbors asking who did it! An attractive professionally designed landscape can add 10-15% to your home value. Protect your investment while creating a beautiful place to relax and live.We excel in the art of designing beautiful landscapes that require much less upkeep and maintenance than conventional landscapes! Our landscape projects contain a mix of native and exotic plants that are adapted to your local landscape environment. You will notice that our landscapes also provide four seasons of beauty.
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Boost Your Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Backyard Gardening can be rewarding and relaxing — but it also can be frustrating, particularly when maintenance consumes more hours than you want. But fear not: We have great prep, planning, and planting advice help you boost your low-maintenance landscaping and letting you get back to enjoying your backyard instead of working in it. Try these 15 tips to make a low-maintenance backyard. By Kelly Roberson
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Boost Your Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Backyard Gardening can be rewarding and relaxing — but it also can be frustrating, particularly when maintenance consumes more hours than you want. But fear not: We have great prep, planning, and planting advice help you boost your low-maintenance landscaping and letting you get back to enjoying your backyard instead of working in it. Try these 15 tips to make a low-maintenance backyard.
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Lawn Alternatives = Low-Maintenance Landscaping 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.”

Gardening can be rewarding and relaxing — but it also can be frustrating, particularly when maintenance consumes more hours than you want. But fear not: We have great prep, planning, and planting advice help you boost your low-maintenance landscaping and letting you get back to enjoying your backyard instead of working in it. Try these 15 tips to make a low-maintenance backyard.
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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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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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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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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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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.”
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10 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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