My plans will include low maintenance and plan to incorporate some xeriscaped areas to conserve water.
A few people have suggested we put grass seed in and create an actual lawn. Not going to happen.
Just what we all want to do on our day off. Mow the lawn. Depending on the size of your property and whether you have a push mower, power mower, or a large riding mower will determine just how much of your day, or days, it will take to get the job done. Have you considered not mowing the entire yard?
Ways to save time and still have the yard you want
- leave part of it wild. Do you use all of your lawn? If you only use portions of it consider letting the areas you don’t use grow wild.
- Xeriscape Xeriscape is preferred in the southwest in place of a lawn. With Xeriscaping you plant native plants for your area and eliminate grass altogether. Some cities are actually paying residents to replace lawns with native plants to conserve water. Las Vegas is on such city.
- Replace areas of your lawn with edible plants. I grew up with a portion of our property dedicated to a garden. It saved mowing and wee whacking areas the mower couldn’t reach. We also had flowers planted under trees to avoid damaging the trees roots with the mowers.
- Avoid having to weed whack around foundation of home. We removed the grass around the foundation of our home and added shrubs, and flowers for and easy care alternative. We had Rhododendrons, bulbs for spring, and lambs ears which filled in nicely. While these looked great, the lambs ears attracted the hummingbirds.
- Consider paths Designate lawn areas by use and you can separate those sections with paths which are filled with mulch and low maintenance plantings.
- Use permeable paving substances Instead of spending a fortune on paved patio areas, consider rocks, bricks and other types of materials that will allow water to flow through, fill the gaps with small ground cover plantings and set out your patio furniture. You will no longer have to move your patio furniture to mow the area.
- A large yard can include sport areas Do you enjoy sports, consider replacing part of the lawn with sand and make your own inexpensive volleyball court. Your home will be a hit with your children’s friends (which is nice because you will know exactly where your children are) You can order a load of sand from local businesses who sell topsoil and mulch. Years ago a neighbor and I had a large sandbox for our children to share, we split the cost of a load of sand. It cost us each less than $20. It may cost more today, but it’s a good investment.
- Plant for wildlife Instead of putting up a fence at the back of our property we added shrubs and my favorite butterfly bushes. We left milkweed grow wild in areas as well to feed butterflies.