Less Maintenance Ideas For Your Front Yard
The idea of having the best-looking front yard on the block often brings forth visions of heavy maintenance, hard work and high costs. With the right landscaping strategies, you can cut back on the amount of time you need for landscaping and maintaining your front yard, and spend more time simply enjoying the fruits of your labor. Here are several ideas for you. If you want an almost-no-maintenance front yard but still want plants, go after well-adapted plants that will add color and texture without breaking your back. Plants you want to look for are those that require little watering, no pruning, are native and are adapted to the growing conditions your yard provides. Many nurseries offer selections of native plants that have evolved to grow in the soil of your region. In addition to native plants, many nursery tags help you decipher the maintenance levels with labels such as “low-maintenance” or “no-fuss.” Choose varieties that are resistant to common pests and diseases, another characteristic generally listed on plant tags.
One of the simplest ways to cut down the maintenance in your front yard is to skip the plants and go with stone or other decor materials. When you go this route, you take away the work involved with plants. Add visual appeal and function by placing outdoor furniture in a bed instead of plants. Kick up the color with colorful flower pots, gazing balls or blown-glass garden ornaments. In doing so, complement your home’s existing color scheme. Instead of an accent tree or specimen, place a bird bath or statuary in the area.