Your landscaping is one of the first things people see when they come to your home. When realtors talk about ‘curb appeal’ they are talking about your landscaping and how it makes your property look. Whether you have just purchased a new home or you want to spruce up your existing home you need to consider your landscaping. Well-manicured lawns and beautiful flowers don’t happen by accident but rather they are carefully planned and maintained. The question is how much time and money do you want to spend on your landscaping. If time is not something you have in abundance then here are some some no fuss landscaping ideas.
Start with Low Maintenance Plants
Matt always says that orchids, roses and other flowers look and smell beautiful but you will spend hours upon hours maintaining them. These plants are delicate and require time and attention, instead choose plants that don’t require constant pruning and tending. Your landscaping contractor can recommend some but you want to look for shrubs, trees or perennials that grow easily in your climate. You want plants that are native to the area and can stand the weather, bugs or whatever Mother Nature has in store for you. Here are some easy low maintenance plants that can work in your yard.
Use High Quality Materials
High quality landscaping materials can last for years, but they aren’t always in the price range that you want. You may think you’re saving money by going with lower quality material but not if you have to continually replace them. Good materials include fences, decks, hardscaping and gazebos should all be of the best quality and they will look fabulous and last for years.
Where you put your plants and trees is just as important as the type of plants that you choose. You can use different plants to hide the flaws in your landscaping and planting different plants together makes them easier to look after. However you don’t want to plant trees in particular too close to your home or your neighbor’s property. You will be responsible for trimming limbs that hangover into the neighbor’s yard, roots spread under the ground and can cause problems with your plumbing and you don’t want anything too close to power lines either.
Lawn or No Lawn
You may think that a big rolling lawn is easy to maintain, you cut the grass every week or so and that’s it. If you are using a landscaping company to take care of your property then this is properly your best and least expensive option. If you are looking after your own landscaping then you have to rake, mow, water, fertilize and keep the bugs out. You can kiss Saturdays goodbye. You can instead opt for clover or moss to cover your yard along with other plants like shrubs and trees.
Landscaping can be a lot of work, you always have the option of having a landscaping company take care of it for you. If you don’t have a green thumb and simply want no fuss landscaping then look to adding a stone garden instead of a bunch of live plants.