4 Landscape Design Ideas That Require Little Maintenance


Looking for ways to change the look and feel of your property without having to worry about long-term maintenance requirements? Here are a few fun ideas that may be right for you:

Enclose the Property With Trees

An excellent way to improve curb appeal, increase privacy, and enhance weather protection for your property is to enclose it with a variety of trees. Lining the property with trees will give your property some extra depth while slowing down strong winds and rains that could damage your home or other features in the yard. And trees that shade your home can help reduce temperatures in the attic by up to 40 degrees.

Consider planting fruit and deciduous trees along the perimeter of your property. Fruit trees are easy to care for and will provide you with free food throughout the day. Deciduous trees have large lush leaves in the summer, which will help keep your home and yard cool during the day. In the winter, deciduous trees lose their leaves and allow the sun to naturally heat things up both inside and out.

Create Above-Ground Gardens

Gardening above ground will allow you to grow food and flowers for decor without having to worry about tilling the ground and pulling tons of weeds in the process. Have a landscaper build raised gardens beds in a designated area of your property, and use large pots to plant movable gardens that can be placed in different areas of the yard, depending on what time of year it is and what you happen to be growing at the time.

You should be able to keep weeds under control in your beds and pots by spending just a few minutes a week pulling them up as they grow. And if you don't have time to manage your gardens at all, your landscaper can do so for you in less time that it would take if your gardens were in-ground.

Line the House With Lattice

By having a landscaper install lattice around the perimeter of your home, you'll protect the paint and finish of the house and give yourself a convenient place to grow vine vegetables or flowers. The flowers and veggies will improve the eye appeal of your home, and, like your fruit trees and gardens, will help to reduce your overall grocery bills throughout the year.

Have the lattice painted the same color as your home and coated with a clear finish that is easy to wipe clean. You can also use lattice to create small fenced yards off your porches or decks where your pets can hang out or where delicate plants you don't want neighborhood animals to ruin can grow.

Build a Small Pond and Water Feature

If you enjoy having wildlife like birds and frogs visit your home and you want to keep the air moist so you don't have to water the grass and gardens as often, consider building a pond and water feature in the yard. The pond will serve as a bath and watering hole for various wildlife, and in turn the wildlife will help keep mosquitoes and other pests under control.

The water feature should include a fountain that reuses and circulates the water in your pond — this will ensure that you won't have to clean the pond as often. Ask your landscaper to install a solar fountain so you don't have to worry about paying higher electricity bills to keep it running year-round.

You can use just one of these ideas to make a positive impact on your current landscape design, but consider incorporating a few of them to completely transform your space into a modern, convenient, and comfortable landscape. For more ideas, contact a company like W.H. Boyer, Inc.


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