Improve Curb Appeal With Low-Maintenance Landscaping
Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to show a little more pride in ownership, updating your yard can make a difference. Not everyone has a green thumb, but having a nicely landscaped yard may help give your home a little extra curb appeal. If you don’t have a lot of time for gardening, there are still steps you can take to help boost your home’s curb appeal.
Low-Maintenance Plants and Flowers
If you’re not an avid gardener, you may want low-maintenance plants that require minimal watering, pruning and weeding. The National Gardening Association says choosing flowering shrubs or perennials can minimize the time you spend planting, as they grow back each year on their own. Better Homes and Gardens says low-maintenance plants include:
Other low-maintenance plant options, says The Old Farmer’s Almanac, include dwarf varieties of shrubs and trees and native plants to your area. Plants that naturally grow in your climate will better adapt to surroundings and require less maintenance, adds the Almanac. Select plants that will thrive in your yard’s conditions, says Better Homes and Gardens, and they will basically take care of themselves.
Simple Gardening Techniques
Choosing the right low-maintenance landscaping plants is only one part of creating a beautiful yard with minimal upkeep to boost curb appeal. To help get the most out of your garden with the least amount of work, keep the following tips in mind:
- Bunch similar plants: To help reduce maintenance time, The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests grouping plants with similar care needs together to make watering and fertilizing easier.
- Establish borders: Create a clean border along your flower beds to help prevent weed growth and create separation from the grass, says HGTV. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using a spade to create edging or laying stone or brick as a decorative border.
- Let it take care of itself: The National Gardening Association says you can save on maintenance by streamlining yard systems and changing landscaping elements. This may include installing automatic irrigation systems for watering or covering large grassy areas with brick or stone to minimize the amount of lawn you have to maintain.
- Apply mulch: Using mulch around plants and on top of soil can help keep weeds out, maintain soil moisture and provide nutrients for the plants, says The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
To give your yard more dimension, you may also want to consider installing a rock garden, Better Homes and Gardens suggests. Rocks combined with evergreens can provide year-round landscaping, Better Homes and Gardens says. Rock gardens may also add appeal if your soil simply isn’t conducive to plants or if you want to accent some colorful plants.
You don’t have to be a natural gardener to step up your home’s curb appeal. Try some of these low-maintenance gardening tips, and then sit back and admire the view.
Originally published on May 27, 2015.