5 Ways To Maintain A Minimal Yard

5 Ways To Maintain A Minimal Yard

Minimal landscaping is going to mean different things for different people. For some, it means rocks instead of yard, for others it may mean no-mow grass without shrubs or gardens and for others, it might be an entire lawn covered with native drought-resistant plants.

There are pros and cons to all, but if you’re looking for ways to cut your maintenance, whether it be mowing, watering or weeding- here are a few options.

FYI- This is written for those who desire minimal yard work. 

1. Xeriscaping. Recently a reader shared the idea of xeriscaping with me and I’ve completely fallen in love with it. This works for people who do not need a yard for little ones or pets to run around in. The idea is to use plants native to your area, that are drought resistant. The whole garden takes less watering- about 1″ of water vs. 2.5″ that grass requires. In the beginning, it’s a large investment of design and research (or hiring a landscaper), but in the end, you have a beautiful array of plants and flowers that require very little maintenance.

2. Flowering trees and shrubs are not required. It’s ok to just have a grass yard. If you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants that requires landscaping, there are many low-maintenance varieties, depending on your location. Pick varieties that grow slowly and won’t need pruning.

3. Rocks are your friends! Rocks in the yard can look very attractive, having different sizes, colors and adding plants, like specialty grasses, moss and succulents can be visually appealing, but require very little maintenance. A quick search on Pinterest can give you ideas on how to have more than just a rock lawn.

4. Keep your garden small and manageable. If you want to have a garden area on your lawn, just focus on one or 2 areas. Avoid placing “garden” all around the perimeter of the yard. Or, use several large containers, to grow just a few garden plants that you enjoy. Remember that flowers and vegetables need daily watering.

5. Ground cover plants or “no mow” turf. Many mosses and even clover can look beautiful and stay green during dryer months. Be sure to choose a variety that works on your climate.

Do you have a low or no maintenance yard? Share your secrets in the comments below!


About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.

1 Comment

  1. Holly on 03/21/2017 at 2:12 PM

    Hmmm, I’d have to disagree about avoiding putting garden all around your yard. I’m actually planning on doing that instead of putting up a fence so that my kids have a save place to play. Also if you use native plants weeds are going to be less of an issue and will help to control non-native plants from taking over therefore helping the wildlife in your area. If you use native plants there is no issue with water in general as well. Native plants to me are definitely what I’d define as minimalist and low maintenance. Of course I love some non native plants, I just try to make sure they are not invasive…because that’d be more work for me! I’d love to hear from others who’ve taken this route as I’m just getting started in it.

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