Making Smarter Landscaping Choices

4 Ways To Have An Attractive Landscape That Requires Minimal Effort

If you own a home, chances are that you want it to look good – from the outside to the inside. However, when you're constantly on the go between work and the kids' soccer practices, it can be difficult to find time to plan a garden, much less take care of one on a regular basis. Luckily, you can still have a great-looking landscape by using a few "lazy" options in the design. Here are four:

1. Opt for Native Plants.

Native species of plants are perfect for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of time or money in the yard. Because they are native to your area, your climate and your overall environment, native plants typically require less water, fertilizer, pesticides, etc. Plus, they'll help keep the air cleaner and support various wildlife.

2. Fake It 'til You Make It!

There is also the option of using synthetic grass. It's come a long way over the years and can be found in various colors and heights, which help make the fake stuff feel and look like the real thing. The only downfall to artificial turf is that it can be pricey at roughly $2 to $8 per square foot for DIY installations and $6 to $20 per square foot for professional installations. The good news is that you'll save money in the long run since you won't need to water or fertilize it, nor will you need to spend the time mowing it, yet it will still look fantastic.

3. Implement Plenty of Evergreens.

Evergreen plants can help keep your landscape looking beautiful year-round thanks to their ability to keep their lush color through all seasons. Shrubs can be used to disguise the foundation by being set near the home. Dwarf evergreen plants can be placed into the flower beds, and tall specifics of evergreens can be used to add some privacy to the space or to serve as a windbreak. If your goal is ground cover, there are some creeping evergreen plants for that too!

4. Add Some Monkey Grass Along the Borders.

If you're looking to add some interest to the edges of your landscape, you may want to consider monkey grass. It works well around walkways, borders and flower beds. Monkey grass is native to Asia and is a hardy plant that will sometimes boast beautiful flowers. It has the ability to stand up to some of the toughest predators, including deer, dogs, bicycles and car tires. It is even resistant against drought, shallow soil and weeds. Since some varieties of monkey grass can grow over a foot tall, you can choose to let it grow or trim it.

For more information, contact a landscaper in your area.