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Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas


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Since I’m always looking for faster, easier ways to do everything, when it comes to curb appeal, I’m all for low maintenance landscaping. I want a yard I don’t have to spend hours each week grooming.

a collage of three different landscapes, some with dirt and plants, some with grass, some with bricks, with title text reading Low Maintenance Landscaping

If you happen to have a green thumb and love to spend time outdoors planting, trimming, and nurturing plants, this post is not for you. These low maintenance landscaping ideas are for those of us who love the polished look of beautiful walkways and decorative flower beds. We just don’t want to devote our lives to maintaining them.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful yard? The only problem is that you don’t have a lot of time or energy to invest in the upkeep.

The good news is you don’t have to. There are so many low maintenance landscaping ideas that will give your home gorgeous curb appeal without breaking your back.

Fill Flower Beds with Rubber Mulch

Mulch is an excellent way to keep weeds at bay. Clean out your garden beds and put down a weed barrier. Next, fill the beds with rubber mulch.

a landscape with plants, rubber mulch and bricks with a house in the background

There are a few reasons why rubber mulch is best. First of all, it’s a great way to recycle. Second, it’s safe for pets. Lastly, it lasts for years.

With regular mulch, you’ll have to replace it each year. Talk about a waste of money.

Invest in Evergreen Trees and Bushes

Evergreens are a wonderful investment. With evergreens, your home can look beautiful, even in the dead of winter. Evergreens can be expensive but are well worth the money.

evergreens in pots with more trees in the background

Simply planting some evergreens around your home can give your curb appeal an instant boost. Plus you get the added bonus of having trees to decorate during the holidays.

Plant Lavender

Lavender not only smells amazing, but it can even deter pests. It’s also very low maintenance. It only requires water once or twice a week.

lavender in a black pot and also a few stems of lavender in the foreground

If you live in an area that gets regular rain, you won’t even have to water it. Best of all, it comes back year after year.

Add Hardscaping

Do you hate mowing? Then why not turn part of your yard into a patio? A large section of hardscaping can make it so much easier to get your weekly mowing done.

brick landscaping, and also some loose bricks, a sledge hammer and gloves

You can use concrete, asphalt, or even stones. This will be a hefty investment, but it will save you so much work in the future.

Choose the Right Perennials

Some perennials require coddling to keep them coming back year after year. Others don’t need any help at all. Great examples include tulips and daffodils.

lots of tulips

Do your research and find the best low maintenance perennials for your region.

Consider Artificial Grass

Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to consider artificial grass. Artificial turf has come a long, long way. Most people can’t tell the difference in an expensive turf and real grass.

Best of all, it’s very low maintenance. Just hose it off every now and then and you’re good to go.

a roll of artificial grass

This is a great option for pet owners who hate brown spots. The urine will flow through the turf and other messes are easier to pick up from artificial turf. Hose it down once a day and you’re done.

More Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

Above I’ve shared some of my favorite low maintenance landscaping ideas. If you’re looking for even more ideas, consider going the natural route. Install a good landscaping border and fill the space with wildflowers or ground cover flowers or plants.

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You don’t have to invest a lot of time and energy to make your yard gorgeous. There are so many low maintenance landscaping ideas that will make your lawn beautiful.

Best of all, after the initial work and investment, you’re pretty much free to spend your time doing the things you love. Does it get any better than that?

6 thoughts on “Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas”

  1. Beware rubber mulch….over time soil and leaves gets on top of it…..same problem with weed block cover. My garden is only about ten yrs old but areas where weed block fabric were put down is very difficult to redo or add plants……it never breaks down and eventually weeds grow on top and even thru it and then you have to cut thru it….it’s still there after 15 yrs.

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  2. I gave a slope ( bank) in my backyard that I want interest on. Rather not just have flat ground cover. Also, I broke. My year a couple years ago sliding down so as I’m getting older don’t want something up there that needs trimming or deadheading. Any bushes or plants you can think of to make it pretty? Oh by the way , morning sun shade in afternoon, terrible soil although I’ve been adding gypsum and conditioners to it. Thanks!

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  3. Excellent Article! The tips you have mentioned in this article for low maintenance landscaping ideas are impressive. Thanks for sharing valuable information!

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  4. Hi,

    This year I planted six Gaura and I am not so happy with the amount of flowers. They get much sun and water?

    What do you think?

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    • How’s the drainage where you have them planted? They don’t love wet soil so that might be interfering with their growth.

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