As spring arrives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, many homeowners are wondering what to do with their landscapes this year. Lawn care and landscaping aren’t for everyone as it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to get it perfect. Today, younger homeowners are opting to care for a simpler yard to have more time to explore and enjoy all the great places in the Metro-Atlanta area. Low-maintenance gardening is catching on across the country as more and more people want to enjoy the outdoors and become more conscious of their impact on the environment. Take a look at these low-maintenance gardening ideas that will give you a great-looking yard but with a fraction of the work.
When going for a low-maintenance garden, you want to look for plants that are easy to care for and require less water. Stay away from tropical plants or vegetation not native to the state or region. When thinking low-maintenance, you need to think native. The easiest plants to grow are flowers, trees, and shrubs native to Georgia. Native plants have many advantages over other plants. They need very little watering and fertilizer; they are naturally resistant to local pests, benefit the ecosystem, and are much cheaper to buy than non-native plants.
Red maple, river birch, sugarberry, oaks, and pines.
Black bugbane, fringed blue star, birdsfoot violet, rose trillium, white milkweed, and partridge pea.
American beautyberry, rabbiteye blueberry, fetterbush, winterberry, or southern wax myrtle.
Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for water. We are in not danger of drought here in Lawrenceville, but it’s always a good idea to save on water. Not only is it good for the environment but xeriscaping also helps cut down on your water bill. To build a xeriscape yard, try incorporating drought-resistant native plants. Eliminate or reduce grass and replace it with mulch or gravel. Decorate with hardscapes such as rocks and potted plants.
We have stressed the importance of cleaning out your gutters, but this one is an exception. If you happen to have any old gutters lying around, you can repurpose them into your very own vegetable or flower box. They can be attached to the sides of sheds or fences to reduce clutter and make your yard more interesting. Just remember to drill drainage holes in the bottom, so the water doesn’t sit in the gutter and drown your plants.
What is more low-maintenance than hardscapes? Hardscapes are a great way to improve the curb appeal of your Lawrenceville yard while also reducing the amount of work you need to put into it. A hardscape is considered any decorative element that isn’t a living thing. This includes outdoor fireplaces, barbecue pits, seating areas, fences, walkways, retaining walls, and water features. Adding a hardscape to your yard can extend your living space outdoors, and Georgia is such a great place to enjoy it.
Vines are a low-maintenance plant that can do well in your backyard or garden. They grow fast and don’t need that much water either. Vines such as morning glories or climbing hydrangea can turn your brick walls and fences into living features. Vines add a lot of greenery and interest to your Lawrenceville landscapes without compromising on space.
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