There are many perks to being a homeowner: pride in your home, being part of your community and building equity. However, there are a few responsibilities that fall on homeowners that may not be so attractive. For many, landscaping is one of those activities.
As the weather warms up, it’s important to have your property and yard looking its best. Here are a few tips for those who are looking for low-maintenance landscaping projects that will help create a beautiful outdoor setup:
1. Effortless Plants
When you’re considering the types of plant life you’d like to include in your landscaping layout, look for those that won’t require a lot of care to thrive. For instance, ribbon grass will grow in most climates and types of soil – though partial sun and moist soil are ideal for this plant, according to an article for BobVila.com. At the same time, ribbon grass tends to be resistant to many diseases and pests. To add some vibrant color to your front or back yard, Texas Ranger is a great option. It blooms in multiple shades of purple and doesn’t need much water to survive. Occasional watering during the summer and plenty of sunlight will keep this plant happy and beautiful well into the fall.
2. Stone Surfaces
One fool-proof trick to reduce the amount of time you spend landscaping is by putting in hardscapes, including stone patios, grilling areas and pathways that create a balance with grassy areas and vegetation. The trick is setting yourself up for success with the right foundation, according to an article in Popular Mechanics. If you plan on installing a stone patio, make sure the stones are placed over a layer of compacted pea stones at least half a foot deep. This protective barrier prevents weeds and other plant life from working its way up between the stones and ruining the layout. Meanwhile, the layer of pea stones helps keep the patio level.
3. Landscape Lighting
As spring transitions to the warm summer months, you’re likely spending more time outdoors – and well into the evening. Landscape lighting is a great way to enhance the curb appeal of your home and increase safety of multiple outdoor features, including walkways, pools and spas and dark areas. For instance, walkway lights can help show off your hardscape when entertaining guests, and area lights can help show the beauty of some of your plant life after the sun goes down. Once installed, a well-designed landscape lighting system requires little effort on the part of the homeowner. The extent of the maintenance is typically making sure the lighting system is free from debris and bulbs are changed as needed. Reputable contractors will often provide periodic maintenance to make sure the system is running properly.
If you’re feeling stuck on your spring landscaping layout, contact the landscape lighting and design professionals at Nite Time Decor. Visit us online for more information or to find a contractor near you.