Are you eager to redesign your yard so that it's basically self-sufficient? If you have a hectic schedule, hours of yard and lawn care may simply be impossible for you. You need an outdoor space that can subsist on its own, with minimal interference. Whether that turns out to be installing hardy plants or going full xeriscape, we're here to advise you on how to create a low maintenance yard you can enjoy.
Feature Hardscape Elements
Hardscapes are notoriously low maintenance. They feature gravel, sand, natural stone, pavers, patios, and other non-living features. We're talking decomposed granite, artificial turf, pea stone, river rock, mulch, and flagstone pathways, all beautifully designed to create a different kind of outdoor experience. You can have a lovely garden that is mostly rock and pavers, with a few key plants for some green color. Contact Kurtz Bros. for ideas about hardscape design, or look online for inspiration and then purchase the supplies you need from our website.
One of the benefits of a hardscape is its minimal need for water. If you choose to include succulents and similar plants along with the decorative stone and patio elements, you will find that your outdoor water consumption drops even lower. This is especially helpful if you live in an area that is prone to drought, or if you are trying to be more earth-friendly with your use of resources.
Choose Low-Maintenance Ground Cover
If you want more green growing things in your yard, but you'd rather not have extra grass to mow, you can choose to plant other ground cover plants instead. The best low-maintenance ground cover plants include creeping jenny, creeping phlox, brass buttons, heuchera, lamium and stonecrop. Honeysuckle is another wonderful ground cover plant, and it offers the added benefit of attractive flowers with a very strong and lovely scent. You could also plant an herb like mint or lemon balm, but be prepared for it to completely take over any bed you put it in.
Select Local Plants
The more exotic you try to be with your plant choices, the more effort you'll need to put in to keep them healthy. By choosing quality native plants from local growers, you will find that it takes a lot less work to maintain a lovely outdoor space. Plan your installation of plants carefully, taking care to select those that grow in similar soils and conditions and will mesh well together, both practically and visually. Native plants, especially those that tend to grow in the wild anyway, will naturally be more likely to thrive in your yard.
Apply Mulch As Weed Control
Remember that mulch helps to block weed growth. It may not prevent it entirely, but it will certainly minimize or slow the invasion of weeds and pests. Kurtz Bros. offers an array of different mulch options, so you can browse our website to find your preferred style.