Tips For A Lush, Low-Maintenance Backyard

Keeping your backyard looking lush and healthy is not easy. It takes many hours of dedicated hard work and money. If you spend all your time working in your backyard, you will hardly have time to enjoy it. So, how can you keep your backyard healthy without toiling for hours? Here are a few ideas to help you.

Gravel or Stones

Reduce the size of your garden by replacing your turf with stones or gravel. But to avoid having a concrete jungle, leave some green patches that you can easily maintain.

Local Plants

Local plants are naturally adapted to the local environment and will be easier to maintain than exotic species. They will also be more resistant to diseases and pests.

Drought Resistant Varieties

These will require less watering during the dry season. Perennial plants will also need to be replaced less often.

Consider your Garden's Conditions

Some plants need more sunshine than others. Identify which areas of your garden have more sun and which have less. Planting full-sun plants in shaded areas and vice versa will stress the plants. Plant the appropriate plants for each of these areas.


Buy plants from a reputable nursery to ensure they are disease-free. More is not necessarily better. Consider having fewer plants in your backyard. That means less weeding.

Automatic Sprinkler

You set it up, time it, and relax. You don't have to spend one hour three times a week watering your lawn.

Install a patio

This is especially effective if you have a large garden. A patio will reduce the area under lawn which requires maintenance. A patio is easy to maintain and can go for years without needing repairs.

Use Alternatives to Grass

A grass lawn needs mowing every now and then. Consider replacing your grass lawn with other low maintenance plants such as clovers or moss. Clovers are more resistant to drought, weeds, and insects and require less mowing. They also cost less to maintain.

Moss can be just as lush as grass. Plant them in shaded areas where grass will not grow. They are also easy to maintain.

Rock Garden

Think of replacing your lawn with a rock garden. This consists mainly of drought-resistant plants and neatly arranged rocks and pebbles. Needless to say, a rock garden requires little or no watering and very low maintenance.

So you see, you don't have to toil under the sun for hours to have a lush garden. Just consult your local landscapers for ideas about lawn maintenance and installation of hardy plants. Then you can rest easy and enjoy your backyard, just like you were meant to.

Contact a company like Sunlight Landscape for more information and assistance.