Use these tips to design and plant a low maintenance landscape that will not require the lion’s share of your weekend time to keep up.
1) Minimizes lawn size to reduce mowing time. Avoid creating sharp corners and turns when planting the lawn so you can cut in a fluid motion and not have to back up. If you install a new lawn, consider a slower growth species, such as centipedes or buffalograss.
2) For beds, use drought tolerant plants, such as succulents (shown), and mulch with gravel and small rocks. They only need occasional watering.
3) Plant dwarf shrubs that do not require pruning. Ornamental herbs are also low maintenance, although you will need to cut them once a year.
4) Choose evergreen trees on deciduous plants. They do not require raking in the fall. Many have the added benefits of growing slowly and being relatively drought tolerant once established.
5) Install edges to keep grass roots from migrating into garden beds. The edge also prevents mulch from spilling into the lawn.
6) In beds that do not replant annually, put the landscape fabric as a weed barrier and cover with mulch to discourage weeds.
7) Group of pots to simplify irrigation. Consider using a drip emitter and a timer to automatically pour water pots when needed.