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If you have a busy lifestyle which leaves you with very little time to work on the up-keep of the outside of your home, there are some low maintenance landscape design tips that are sure to compliment your home. If mowing the lawn, pulling weeds and trimming the bushes is simply something that you do not have the time for, these low maintenance ideas may be the right solution for you. Just because you don’t have the time to work on your outside space as much as you would like, does not mean that you can’t give your home a little bit of curb appeal with barely any work.

Mulching vs. Lawn Work
One excellent low maintenance landscape design idea that will minimize the amount of work that you have to do outside regularly is to simply cut back on the amount of lawn that you have. Grass requires constant mowing, fertilization and up-keep to keep it looking its very best. Instead, opt to mulch, lay clover or put down rocks in a large area of your yard to provide it with an inviting atmosphere without all of the extra added work.

Hardscaping Rather than Landscaping
If landscaping with plants and yard work simply isn’t for you, consider hardscaping instead. Hardscaping leaves you with little to no maintenance after the project is complete. Design your very own patio, decks and pathways that allow you to create you very own retreat while eliminating a good section of your lawn. Natural stone, concrete pavers and gravel are ideal options to design a beautiful outdoor space. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy your hardscaping elements year-round without having to get down and dirty in order to trim hedges and pull weeds.

Planting Accordingly
Another low maintenance landscape design tip that can compliment your home with ease is simply to choose the right plants to plant around your home. If you are looking to create a beautiful yard without having to do much work or up-keep to your plants, some options to consider include ornamental grasses, barberry, Spiraea and dwarf conifers. These types of plants will grow naturally in your yard without having to fertilize and water them daily for growth. For a low maintenance yard, you will want to avoid plants that grow and spread quickly. With these types of plants, you may have to deal with them growing into one another which will leave you with more work to be done than you would like.

Choosing low maintenance landscape designs not only frees up your own time, but also allows you to give the outside of your home a fresh look. This can even be extremely beneficial to potential home buyers if you ever list your house on the market. Easy to care for outside spaces allow you to enjoy the outside of your home without having to put in the effort of caring for it on a regular basis. Now you can sit back, relax and truly enjoy the outside of your home. Should I Use a Professional?
Not always. It entirely depends on both the scale of the project, the technicality involved as well as your level of expertise. For example, if you are trying to create a concrete or paved area you will need to ensure that levels are well measured so that water can drain away correctly. If your garden is fairly small and your design is a natural one that is fairly simple, there may be no point. As long as you have some basic plant knowledge and bordering experience, you can create a nice space with 1 or 2 days effort. My own experience tells me that it usually comes down to how clear the person is on exactly what they want their garden to look like. Professional landscape gardeners usually come in handy when they need help creating and planning the garden in the first place.

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Lucy James writes for Land Escapes Nottingham, the premier garden design company in the Midlands.

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