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Yard Smarter Not Harder

Your backyard is for fun and relaxation, not another task on the “to-do” list.  If you dream of a beautiful backyard and want to minimize the hassle of maintaining it, check out these 5 tips for a low-maintenance backyard escape— because less work in your yard means more time to enjoy it.

1. Xeriscaping

Ditch the lawnmower and expensive irrigation systems and switch to xeriscape. Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that reduces the need for irrigation and lawn care by replacing grassy lawns with soil, rocksmulch, and drought-tolerant native plant species.

Photo: Distinctive Terrascapes

2. Rock Gardens

Installing a rock garden can provide a home for tolerant plants that require little watering and a visually appealing addition to your backyard. Choose shrubs, perennials, and any assortment of rock to make your rock garden fit your style.

Photo: Dorling KINDERSLEY

3. Hardscaping

Create patios, walkways, courtyards, and other elements by using hardscape. Hardscape can add flair to any yard and reduce landscaping chores. A beautiful hardscaping element can be created using materials like mulch, gravel, stone, and Techo Block pavers.

4. Mulch

Mulch is always an easy and cost-effective way to minimize yard work like pulling weeds, watering, and fertilizing. Mulch helps maintain soil moisture. Mulch is also easy to work with and comes in a variety of options.

5. Native Plants

When aiming for a low maintenance lawn, prioritize native plants that are drought-resistant, or go for perennials so yearly planting is not required. Researching what plants are drought resistant and native to your area will save you time in the long run.


Photo: Patrick Standish

Creating a beautiful backyard shouldn’t mean having to sacrifice your free time. Implementing these low maintenance landscaping tips can help you avoid the hassle of upkeep and can allow you to bask in the backyard of your dreams, headache-free.  For more information about these tips and others, contact our experts and let them help you Dream It. Design It. Build It.

Published: August 23, 2021