11 Strategies for Low-Maintenance Yard Design Around Your House

Shredded bark, pine straw, grass clippings, and cocoa hulls are great mulches that decompose and add nutrients to the soil. However, more than 2 inches of mulch can compromise plant growth, so do not go overboard.

1. Layer on Some Mulch

When possible, combine separate plants or small beds into one large planting area for a continuous mowing pattern.

2. Embrace Simple Line

If your landscape has many shrubs that need pruning, invest in a sturdy spade, shovel, hand pruners, loppers, and hedge trimmers.

3. Invest in High-Quality Tool

If your landscape has fast-draining, sandy soil, full sun, and limited rainfall, drought-tolerant plants are best.

4. Practice Right Plant, Right Place

Time-savvy gardeners prefer native plants since they thrive in your region's specific growing conditions and require less care.

5. Search Out Native

For easy care, repeat species that thrive in your garden throughout your landscape. For example, if hydrangeas thrive in your front yard, put them in your backyard if the growing conditions are comparable.

6. Limit Plant Type

For easy care, repeat species that thrive in your garden throughout your landscape. For example, if hydrangeas thrive in your front yard, put them in your backyard if the growing conditions are comparable.

7. Catch Pests Early

Take a weekly tour across your landscaping to spot odd leaf or stem damage to reduce maintenance.

8. Make a Pruning Plan

A defined landscape bed edge keeps mulch inside and turf grass outside, saving upkeep. Brick, pavers, steel, aluminum, and plastic edging work well.

9. Define the Edge

For convenience and efficiency, install the drip hose at planting time and set the timer to water the plants throughout the season. 

10. Water with a Timer

Container gardens need water, but water-retentive potting soil and a drip irrigation system can speed up watering. If a drip irrigation system is not possible, cluster pots to simplify watering.

11. Cluster Container

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