In 2017, roughly 11% of the population relocated to new homes. But whether you’ve recently moved in or you’ve owned your property for years, curb appeal does matter quite a bit. Not only can it have a huge impact on the value of your home, but it can also affect how you feel about living there.
Still, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to spend every waking moment working on your landscaping. Even if you have a green thumb or enjoy digging around in the garden as a hobby, being beholden to your lawn and flowers may feel like a burden. Fortunately, you can find a happy medium by focusing on low-maintenance gardening. Here are just a few tips that will keep your yard looking wonderful without requiring a major commitment.
Pick the Right Plants
With over 139 million housing units nationwide during 2019, there’s no doubt that homes with flowers, shrubs, and trees in the yard get the most attention. But remember that not all plants are created equal — and some require a lot more maintenance than others. Look for hardier perennials that are drought-tolerant or plants that are more resistant to diseases and pests. Shrubs will typically require less maintenance than flowers that constantly need to be dead-headed, but remember that many shrubs will need to be trimmed back at least once a year. Before picking your plants, make sure you know where they’ll be placed and that they’ll thrive with the amount of sunlight and the type of soil there. That will cut down on the amount of time you’ll spend ensuring your plants flourish.
Make Sure to Use Mulch
Mulch can make a yard look neater, but it’s also a critical component that will lock in moisture. If you don’t want to spend every day watering your garden, mulch is a great way to ensure you’ll get a bit of a break. As a bonus, mulch can also prevent weeds from sprouting; since it blocks sunlight, it can stop the seeds of weeds from taking hold. That can save you quite a bit of time and effort on keeping your garden looking nice. Your mulch should start an inch to an inch and a half away from the base of your plants, but it can extend four to six inches deep.
Supplement with Hardscaping
Just about everyone wants a lush, green lawn. But not everyone wants to deal with the maintenance it requires. Although installing synthetic grass can certainly cut down on maintenance (and water waste, as one square foot of it can save up to 55 gallons of water a year), this solution isn’t feasible for everyone. And while you may not want to completely get rid of an existing yard, you may want to cut down on the amount of watering and mowing you have to do by supplementing with hardscaping. Hardscaping features, like walls, fences, stone benches, arbors, stones, poured concrete, and other non-living elements can be seamlessly worked into a garden while allowing you to cut down on the number of things you’ll have to tend to on a daily or weekly basis. Even a patio or a gravel walkway can reduce the amount of regular maintenance that needs to be performed — and it’ll look great at any time of year.
Although winter is on its way, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning ahead for when your garden is growing again. With these low-maintenance tips in mind, you’ll be able to create an attractive green space without having to put in all the grunt work every year.