As the store’s garden coach, the number one request I receive from clients is a low maintenance landscape. They want beautiful but effortless yards. While no landscape is completely maintenance free there a things homeowners can do to create a less demanding one. As spring approaches and before we start planting every pretty plant we can find (guilty), let’s do some planning.
First, let’s clear up a typical misconception. What is low maintenance in the landscape?
MANY OF US ASSUME IT’S BUYING PLANTS THAT ARE:
- Drought tolerant (believed to never need water at all)
- Native (therefore it can adapt regardless of its situation)
- Fits any light setting (full shade to full sun)
- No pruning ever needed (some do require less than others)
- Zero pests and diseases (I wish)
- Zone hardy in literally all climates and weather (day lilies are fairly indestructible)
Yes, some plants are less hands-on than others, but none fit the above description as all living organisms need some care and attention. Low maintenance is less about picking plants that can survive the nuclear apocalypse and more about preparation.
Preparation is key to low maintenance because it places the right plants in the right settings for optimal growth and health, thus reducing the amount of time spent on maintenance.
See full and original blog post here: https://bbbarns.com/garden-blog/2019/1/23/tips-for-designing-a-low-maintenance-landscape