There is never enough time to spend with your family. You want a yard to enjoy, not more chores to do. Fortunately, with the right design choices, you can spend less time on upkeep and more quality time with family and friends. Consider these low-maintenance landscaping ideas for your yard and garden – and party on!
Hardy plants and no lawn to mow.
Some people love to mow their lawns. For them, getting out there in the sun and enjoying the smell of fresh cut grass is a refreshing part of the weekend. Where they see joy, others see sweaty backs, sunburns, and yet another chore to do. If that sounds like you, here’s an idea: ditch the lawn.
Red brick backyard courtyard in St. Paul, MN.
This brick courtyard is easy to care for. A bit of sweeping is usually all that is needed. A nearly imperceptible slope for channels water to a plant bed.
Permeable paver walkway.
For those who are interested in living green, replacing your lawn with pavers might not be an option. Permeable pavers that allow water to percolate down through the soil to be cooled and cleaned before it reaches the groundwater may be just the ticket. Note, however, there is some routine maintenance for the pavers in order to keep them permeable.
Patios and walkways can create their own problems down the line. Minnesota’s freeze-thaw cycle can cause poorly installed patios to heave and buckle. That can mean cracked concrete or lumpy pavers.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your hardscape is installed right the first time on a solid and level base to avoid hours of headache down the line.
While poured concrete can be easier and less expensive to install, it can be difficult to replace if it gets stained or cracked.
In contrast, if pavers break or become discolored, they can be easily lifted away and replaced.
Two-tone paver patio design with wood-look pavers.
Some of the newest pavers on the market are designed to look like wood planks. They offer the look of cedar or redwood without the regular maintenance.
Small plunge pool surrounded by synthetic grass.
Artificial turf has made huge strides in recent years. While it’s not a replacement for an entire lawn, it can provide a comfortable accent as part of a total low-maintenance landscape design. It will need to be swept clean, but it will never need to be mowed, fertilized, watered, or reseeded.
Contemporary countryside front yard emphasizes concrete and stone textures.
Crushed rocks and gravel are often used as ground cover or as an alternative to mulch because they never need to be replaced or watered. Other alternatives to traditional lawns include white clover, sedum, creeping thyme, sedges, and ornamental native grasses.
Or, for the more adventurous, moss can be used in particularly shady spots. You can walk on moss without doing serious damage, and it needs little care.
Covered outdoor kitchen kitchen is protected from precipitation.
This outdoor kitchen is built to withstand the elements. It’s sturdy and won’t rust. The pergola and partial roof keeps the kitchen clear from debris and offers a bit of protection from precipitation.
Native plants in the KARE 11 Backyard.
Perennial plants return year after year. Native plants, adapted to Minnesota’s climate, are easy to take care of. Suggested plants include coneflowers, milkweed, black-eyed susans, aster, or sedum.
Formal garden and patio with chunky mulch.
Mulch keeps down weeds and helps retain moisture in the soil. It will keep the soil temperatures down in hot weather and protect plants during freezing weather. Plus, it’s easy. All you have to do is add more in the spring. Bonus, if you use hardwood much you only need to add more every other year as it starts to decompose. Mulch should be approximately three inches deep.
Stone pillars turned into a fountain make a big impression.
The right rock or boulder can add beauty to your garden and will never need to be watered or pruned. The ultimate low-maintenance design element.
Save time with an irrigation system.
Save time, money, hassle, and water by installing an irrigation system with a timer and moisture sensors.
Take a look at these projects for more inspiration, and contact us for an initial consultation with one of our talented landscape designers.
This backyard blends modern and natural elements together to create a low-maintenance outdoor living space with a plunge pool, terraced patios, a fire table, water feature, and a outdoor great room.
Intimate backyard captures the spirit and charm of a New Orleans courtyard with classic brick patio, fireplace, and fleur-de-lis accents
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The Koller brothers started their landscaping careers in South Dakota. Josh was intrigued by the creativity of landscape design. Adam loved the challenge of landscape construction. It comes as no surprise they were a team from the beginning.
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