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High-Maintenance Landscaping? How To Make It More Manageable

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Is your high-maintenance yard taking up a lot of your time?  Perhaps your roses demand to be pruned on a weekly basis or your lawn keeps asking for more water.  A yard that is hard to please can be draining.  Here are a few ways to make your landscaping more manageable.

Low-Maintenance Plants

If you want your yard to look good year-round without doing a lot of work, you'll want to look for some self-sufficient plants.  However, what is low maintenance for one garden might not be for another.  Here are a few tips for choosing low-maintenance plants for your garden.

  • Check the shade factor: You want to make sure your plants are in an environment that will allow them to thrive.  For this reason, when picking out plants, you should look for the sun exposure tag.  Most plants are labeled as needing full sun, partial sun, or shade.  Thus, if you put your shade-loving plant in the sun, don't be surprised if it starts whining for more water.
  • Pick tough plants: Some plants look beautiful initially but are prone to disease and bug attacks.  By planting disease-resistant plants, you won't have to spend a lot of time spraying your garden with pesticides.  For dry environments, drought tolerant plants are a good choice because they can survive with very little water.  Drought tolerant plants include succulents, lavender, and various kinds of sage.   
  • In the zone: In the United States, there are 26 plant hardiness zones that are color-coded based on how cold it gets in a certain region.  In other words, if you plant some flowers, the zones will help you see if your plants will survive the winter.  The coldest zone, 1a, has an extreme minimum temperature of -55 to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.  There is also a plant heat zone map that tells gardeners if their plants will last during the hottest times of the year.

Synthetic Grass

If you're sick of mowing your lawn, you may want to consider some synthetic turf from Turf Pro Synthetics, LLC  Here are some of the other benefits:

  • No more spots: Are you sick of seeing  spots on your lawn?  It can be a real pain when some of your lawn is green and other parts are dry and brown.  Figuring out how to adjust your sprinklers to evenly water your grass can be a hassle too.  Luckily, artificial grass always looks lush and green, even during the hottest times of the year.  
  • Water conservation: Along with saving time and money on watering, you'll also save resources.  Nationwide, landscape irrigation uses an estimated 9 billion gallons of water per day.  
  • Simple maintenance: Artificial grass doesn't need to be fertilized, reseeded, or mowed.  However, it does need simple maintenance.  For instance, due to dust, animal hair, and surrounding tree debris, you may want to use a hose to rinse your synthetic lawn once a week.  To remove leaves or debris, you can brush your turf with a flexible lawn rake on a monthly basis.  This will also help keep your synthetic turf from looking matted or compacted.

Now, rather than spending your life weeding, pruning, and watering, you can sit on your porch and relax.  After all, life is hard enough without having to deal with a yard that demands a lot of attention.