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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 Landscaping 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 Landscaping 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 Landscaping Ideas

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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Low Maintenance Landscaping 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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Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

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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Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

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

Zen Oasis Take a chill in this peaceful, Asian-inspired garden. Hardscape elements reinforce the style — and keep down the maintenance — of a garden. A restrained wooden fence with a minimalist detail at the top emphasizes the Asian influences in this garden. Carefully selected varieties reinforce the clean lines of this garden. Bonus? Fewer plants also equal less daily tending of the garden. Mulch isn’t finicky, retains water, and keeps down weeds, which reduces the need for upkeep. Once established, evergreens, including the mid-height versions at the back of the fence and the dwarf varieties closer to the pathway, tend to need very little regular care. Front-Yard Landscaping Tip: In place of hard-to-please plants, garden ornaments fill in gaps in a landscape, as this graceful statue does. That’s a great solution for front yard landscaping. Learn how to create a water-wise front yard. Find more drought-tolerant 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.
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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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Take a chill in this peaceful, Asian-inspired garden. Hardscape elements reinforce the style — and keep down the maintenance — of a garden. A restrained wooden fence with a minimalist detail at the top emphasizes the Asian influences in this garden. Carefully selected varieties reinforce the clean lines of this garden. Bonus? Fewer plants also equal less daily tending of the garden. Mulch isn’t finicky, retains water, and keeps down weeds, which reduces the need for upkeep. Once established, evergreens, including the mid-height versions at the back of the fence and the dwarf varieties closer to the pathway, tend to need very little regular care. Front-Yard Landscaping Tip: In place of hard-to-please plants, garden ornaments fill in gaps in a landscape, as this graceful statue does. That’s a great solution for front yard landscaping.

Brilliant Canvas Vibrant colors belie the ease of care behind the plants in this front yard landscaping. Ornamental grasses such as Japanese forest grass are steadfast when it comes to low-care gardens. They offer amazing foliage, need little handholding, and withstand harsh weather. A flagstone path — which requires no care except a good sweep — flows from one end to the other of the narrow side yard. To create a truly low-maintenance garden, limit plants to those that need little TLC and can take the conditions of the space’s microclimate, such as these coral bells. After the first year or two, large deciduous trees, such as this maple, offer structure without demanding garden addition.

Vibrant colors belie the ease of care behind the plants in this front yard landscaping. Ornamental grasses such as Japanese forest grass are steadfast when it comes to low-care gardens. They offer amazing foliage, need little handholding, and withstand harsh weather. A flagstone path — which requires no care except a good sweep — flows from one end to the other of the narrow side yard. To create a truly low-maintenance garden, limit plants to those that need little TLC and can take the conditions of the space’s microclimate, such as these coral bells. After the first year or two, large deciduous trees, such as this maple, offer structure without demanding garden addition.

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