Use these tips to design and plant a low-maintenance landscape that won’t demand the lion’s share of your weekend time to keep up.
1) Minimize lawn size to reduce mowing time. Avoid creating corners and sharp turns when planting your lawn so you can mow in one fluid motion and not have to backtrack. If installing a new lawn, consider a slower-growing species such as centipede or buffalograss.
2) For beds, use drought-tolerant plants, such as succulents (shown), and mulch with gravel and small rocks. They need only occasional watering.
3) Plant dwarf shrubs that won’t require pruning. Ornamental grasses are also low maintenance, although you will have to chop them down once a year.
4) Choose evergreens over deciduous plants. They don’t require raking in fall. Many have the added benefits of growing slowly and being relatively drought-tolerant once established.
5) Install edging to keep grass roots from migrating into garden beds. Edging also keeps mulch from spilling into the lawn.
6) In beds that won’t be replanted annually, lay down landscape fabric as a weed barrier and cover with mulch to discourage weeds.
7) Group pots to simplify watering. Consider using a drip emitter and a timer to automatically water pots when needed.