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5 Ways to Make Landscaping Low-Maintenance

Keeping your lawn green may be tough on the hottest days. To avoid having to add a lot of water just to keep grass healthy, you can try changing out the grass or updating your sprinkler system. You can also skip the idea of a lawn and do something a little different to personalize your yard.

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Layer On the Mulch

When laying out your planting beds, put down a layer of heavy-duty weed block before making the cuts necessary for your perennials. Once the perennials are in place, cover the weed block in a thick layer of mulch.

Over time, organic mulches such as pine bark will break down and you will have another layer of soil. For those with pets, consider adding a fine cedar mulch to cut down on fleas. A synthetic mulch or some form of rock will also keep the weed block in place, though these may reflect back a lot of heat.

Use Groundcover Plants

If you have sloping ground around your house that is hazardous to mow, try using a creeping groundcover that will sink durable roots into the slope and prevent erosion. In warm climates, bougainvillea will quickly climb up long slopes. Creeping juniper, creeping phlox, and sweet woodruff can also help on steep slopes.

Before installing a hearty groundcover, carefully check the planting restrictions and suggestions in your area. What is hearty in one zone may be an invasive pest in another.

Try Clover Instead of Grass

If you have a large yard and want to cut down on the area that needs to be watered and mowed, clover is a nice choice. It will feed the bees and is quite good for your soil. You will probably have to mow it on occasion, but clover generally tops out at less than 9 inches tall.

Over time, clover will seed itself in your main lawn. Unless you have concerns about bee sting allergies, let it. Clover will thicken up your grass, add a lush green color, and be comfortable on bare feet.

Xeriscape

In places of high heat and undependable rain, xeriscaping is an obvious choice. However, you can customize your xeriscaping to brighten up your yard. Add a planter with annuals and solar lights that will boost your visual impact. Installing some artificial turf and surrounding it with interesting rocks, iron planters, and other striking objects is a great option. Finding a provider for your location is as easy as doing a search for “fake grass in Tampa”, for example.

The plants that can tolerate extreme heat can be rather prickly. If you want flowers in a pot that you can tend by watering by hand, take care to avoid putting anything thorny or scratchy in the region of your flower pots. Consider also using heavy-duty clay or concrete for these planters. Should things tip over in a high wind, you don’t want to have to pull your plastic pots out of a plant that can scratch you up.

Install Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation can easily be laid under the mulch in your flower beds. Instead of spraying your plants with water, which can lead to mold, mildew, and evaporative water loss, drip irrigation puts moisture at the roots where it can do the most good.

Drip irrigation hoses do break down over time, so refrain from putting it under the weed blocking fabric or under rock groundcover as the process of digging it out after it fails will be challenging. Put drip irrigation down under wooden mulch and be ready to replace it every few years, or take it up in the fall if you live in a cold climate. When putting down a drip irrigation hose, wear gloves to protect your skin, stretch it out in the sun and let it relax, and use ground staples to secure it so you can find it under the mulch.

Drip irrigation is a great way to water your favorite plants or your vegetable garden without losing a lot of water through evaporation. The process of removing it and replacing it can be messy and the surface of a drip hose can be hard on your skin. Handle with care.

A lovely lawn that doesn’t take a lot of weekly work will take some preparation. However, once you have your prep work done, the regular yard work will be a breeze!

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Author Bio: Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus

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