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3 Rules for an Effortless and Stress-free Landscape Project

After a busy day of work, you want to come home to a beautiful landscaped yard — without worrying about hours of weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and watering. How can you design a stress-free garden? These three rules can help guide you through creating and maintaining a yard with minimal effort.

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1. Be realistic about time

Landscaping takes time; the question is how much you have to invest. Do you have one hour a week, or ten? Your answer will dictate what you plant, what you will want to focus on, and how much help you might need.

Your lawn will take the most time and money. If you want it to stay vibrant all summer long, there’s a lot of work to be done. Clover and crab grass are threats to healthy grass. To prevent these undesirable plants from growing, you’ll need to maintain a dense and healthy turf by regularly watering and mowing high.

Weeding your garden is also a time-consuming process. The best time to weed is when the ground is moist because the soil is looser. You will want to be sure that you have removed the whole root system — otherwise the weed may grow back. Including more ground covers in your gardens suppresses weeds so you will have to do a lot less weeding. Mulch can also be used to limit unwanted growth.

As you can see, there are large and small tasks in landscaping. Some take 30 minutes, while others can take an hour or more. Be sure to keep your landscaping expectations in line with the amount of time you’re able to put into it. If you’re a busy professional with an hour to devote each week, you won’t have time to create an elaborately landscaped yard on your own. If you’re retired, enjoy being outside and have lots of time, your garden can be as elaborate as you’d like.  

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2. Pick plants that are low maintenance

It can feel overwhelming to pick out the right plants for your yard. Don’t be discouraged — there are a couple of ways to get plants that will not require a lot of attention.

A natural looking landscape will be easier to maintain. Native plants will help you achieve this. While these are often easier than more exotic plants, they’ll still require some work. An experienced landscaper will be able to guide you to plants that work well for your situation and explain how to keep them healthy.  

Small shrubs can be used to create a full look in your garden and are low maintenance. Identifying plants that do not grow higher than you would like will reduce the amount of pruning you need to do. 

You will also want to avoid over planting. It can be tempting to put in lots of plants, but overcrowding can cause problems like taxing the soil’s nutrients or spreading diseases from plant to plant. Fewer plants also means less ongoing watering and fertilizing.

3. Call in the pros

Once you’ve decided how much time you want to put into your garden and have an idea as to what you want it to look like, a full-service landscaping company can help you create and maintain a yard that stays beautiful. They will use their expertise to help pick out the right plants for your yard and assist you in keeping them healthy.

At Moodscapes, we’re committed to ecologically-friendly gardening solutions that help keep your landscapes naturally beautiful. It can take a lot of work, but partnering with a full-service landscaping company will take the stress out of your yard maintenance and help you find a solution that fits your schedule. Be sure to also download our free ebook about the essential elements for creating a spectacular outdoor living space

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