Homeowner’s may dream of lush landscapes filled with a plethora of gorgeous flowers, trees, and bushes but they may not always have the time or means to maintain them. Thankfully, there are ways to have beautiful landscaping that’s both pleasing to look at and low maintenance. Whether you want color, style, or anything in between, you can have it all without the added work of keeping up with mulch or plants. Here are just a few ideas to consider when putting together your easy-to-care-for lawn:

STONEWORK

One of the easiest (and the cheapest) ways to cover a lot of yard space is to lay down stonework. This can be done in the form of stone pathways, patios, or a walled off rock garden. Laying a border on either side of a natural path and filling it with gravel is also a simple way to create definition and clean lines. When using gravels or other porous and penetrable groundcovers, try using a line of mesh underneath to help keep weeds and plants out of pathways and patios. A professional landscaper can design the layout for you and lay down the groundwork or you can make this a personal ‘DIY’ project for the family.

HEARTY FOLIAGE

While flowers and seasonal buses may need soil and constant trimming or pruning, shrubs planted amongst rock bedding are virtually maintenance-free aside from the occasional shaping. Pine bushes, especially, require little to no upkeep and will even remain green all year round. The key to keeping your yard low maintenance is to include plant life that won’t overgrow or need a lot of attention. Messy, unkempt gardens can make a lawn look unattractive and professionally designed landscaping with too much to take care of can be wasted potential. If you don’t want your garden to grow unchecked, start by removing the plants that cause problems and replace them with ones that you have the time to manage.

USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT

Making use of existing structures and landscape styles on your property and modifying them to be simpler and easier to care for will save you a lot of time and money. For example, an acre of lawn could be redesigned include a lawn; a large bed filled with shrubs and a natural low-maintenance groundcover such as stones or gravel. If you want to use more space, consider putting outdoor entertainment furniture set on a concrete patio. If foliage and plant life has completely taken over your existing hardscape structures such as mailboxes, arbors or pergolas, remove it immediately. These types of things can quickly become eyesores if not well cared for, but they can be great landscaping centerpieces if they’re given a new coat of paint or a modern update.