Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

You do not need elaborate, time-consuming landscaping to have a beautiful yard. There are many ways to create a gorgeous outdoor area without needing to spend several hours each week doing lawn care and maintenance. Here are some ideas for low maintenance landscaping and outdoor spaces that are functional and fabulous.

Paved Areas

No one said you must have a lawn. There are plenty of other options for your front and backyard besides grass. Paved courtyards and patios can be stunning and look great all year round without needing to seed, mow or water. You can still add potted plants for natural accents that require much less maintenance than landscaped yards.

Trees and Wild Plants

If you want green foliage and color, but do not want to spend time trimming, watering and weeding, consider plants that require little maintenance. Trees, some shrubs and wild or native plants can be sparsely planted throughout the yard to give beauty without needing much care.

Rock Gardens, Meadow Planting and Other Eco-Friendly Options

Want a low-maintenance yard that is also eco-friendly? There are several ways to reduce the amount of water you need and the time you spend on maintenance. Rock gardens, xeriscaping and meadow planting can create a beautiful landscape design that requires very little water and minimal effort to maintain.

Hire a Landscaping Service

You can have a traditional lawn and garden areas without spending your free time doing yardwork. Hiring a landscaping service gives you the best of both worlds. You can have a lush lawn that is expertly maintained, hardscapes and other elements that you can enjoy while a professional does all the work for you.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Trendy Ways to Transform Your Backyard

Are you bored with your backyard or has it become too much work to maintain? Maybe it is time to makeover your yard to give it a new look or simplify the maintenance needed. Trends in landscape design include options to minimize water use and maintenance, as well as spectacular transformations to make your backyard into your own little oasis. Here are some of the trendy ways homeowners are transforming their backyards.

Low Maintenance Trends

If you want to cut down on the time you spend weeding, mowing, edging and watering your backyard, you are not alone. A lush, green landscape design is beautiful, but it takes a lot of work and water to maintain. Some of the top trends in low maintenance landscape designs include:

  • Xeroscaping
  • Rock gardens
  • Larger patios with less lawn/garden space
  • Wildflowers and other native plants that thrive easily in your region

Innovative Landscape Designs

If you care more about having a stunning backyard than how much maintenance it will require, there are some gorgeous options in design that are popular right now. Some of the hottest trends include:

  • Adding a fire pit or fireplace
  • Water features like water walls, fountains and waterfalls
  • Sunken paved patios
  • Lavish gardens with unique plants that add diversity to your landscape design
  • Color-matching in plant life, creating a work of art in your backyard

If you are ready to transform your backyard, you need the help of a talented landscaper to help implement your new design. Ask your local landscaper for ideas to help update your backyard into a space that meets your standards, whether you want a new look or an easier, more eco-friendly yard to maintain.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Make Your Backyard Low Maintenance with Landscaping

A beautiful backyard doesn’t mean it needs to be high maintenance. While some people enjoy puttering around in their yard weeding, planting, mowing and doing other yard maintenance, others would prefer to spend their time enjoying the yard, not creating it. There are landscaping options that can keep maintenance chores to a minimum while still giving you a lovely outdoor space. Here are some tips to create a low-maintenance backyard through landscaping.

  • Rock gardens. A green and water-friendly option that is low maintenance is creating a rock garden. While these landscaped areas still incorporate plants, the main focal points are larger rocks. You can use plants like colorful moss and other ground covers that are simple to maintain.
  • Native plants surrounded by gravel. Stop weeding and trying to nurture plants that are not designed for your climate. Plant a few native shrubs or bushes that are surrounded by pea gravel. These plants will thrive in their natural habitat and the gravel stops many weeds from growing while keeping your yard looking neat.
  • Xeriscaping and grid planting. Similar to rock gardens, xeriscaping and grid planting use mulch or rock as ground cover with sporadic or uniform plantings of cacti and other low-water plants. This saves on water while creating a modern, eco-friendly yard that require little maintenance.

Your local landscaper can help you implement these low maintenance ideas into your backyard. Of course, another option is to hire a landscaper to do your maintenance for you. If you prefer a lush, colorful backyard, find an experienced landscaper to perform your lawn and garden upkeep so you can relax and enjoy your free time.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Add Zen Calm With A Beautiful Rock Garden

Even those without a green thumb can have a beautiful garden. A rock or Zen garden is a perfect addition to your yard if you struggle with traditional flower gardening. Rock gardens can be absolutely stunning hardscapes, while requiring less maintenance and tending, making them popular with those who have little time to devote to landscaping.

Starting Your Rock Garden

The best place for your rock garden is a sunny space in your yard, possibly a slope or hill. One of the great uses of a rock garden is to cover areas that are difficult to mow or have poor soil for growing. Once you find your area, you will need to remove the current plant life before starting your new garden. Digging down about one foot should be plenty to remove all the roots of grass and weeds.

The next step is to create the foundation for your rock garden. Large, oddly shaped racks work great; even chunks of old concrete can be used. This will work as drainage. Next, add a layer of sand, which will be the base for your soil, which is the next layer. Once you have these three layers in place, you can begin creating your rock garden.

There is no set way to build a rock garden. You can use only rocks or disperse small plants and flowers amongst your rocks. The best way to proceed is to work with your landscaping professional to choose your rocks, big, medium and small. Once these are in place, let them settle for a week or two before adding any plants. Once complete, you should have a beautiful rock garden that takes little maintenance and adds a sense of Zen to your yard!

Posted of behalf of Troy Ogrin, Maxwell Hardscapes

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Starting A Gorgeous Rock Garden

When you think of rocks, most people would not have the word “gorgeous” in mind. However, when strategically designed and complimented with beautiful, delicate flowers, they can become just that. The Japanese have used the rock garden or Zen garden as part of their landscaping for over a thousand years, a physical reminder of the different elements of the earth. Although they may have begun with spiritual meaning, it is also a wonderful way to transform your difficult yard areas into low maintenance beauty.

Finding Your Area

Many people like to use sloped areas that are hard to mow or spots that have been difficult to cultivate for their rock garden. Of course, you can add one anywhere for just the pure aesthetic value they can add to your yard. A sunny slope is ideal, but any sunny area can work.

If you are a slope, the area will need to be excavated to rid the area of the grass or weeds. Usually digging out the area a foot down will do the trick. If you are doing this yourself, you will then put a layer of drainage rocks, a layer of sand and then a layer of top soil.  The same will apply for a raised garden on a flat area; you will just need to create an elevated area with the use of foundation rocks.

Final Design

The final step is arranging and adding your plants and rocks. This can be done with the help of a professional landscaper who will be able to suggest types of rocks and plants for your garden and put it together for you. Even if you choose to do this yourself, you will need to spend some time with a landscape supplier that has quality rocks and plants that will work well in a rock garden. With a little help or advice, you can finish up your garden and enjoy the Zen!