Some homeowners have a green thumb; their lawns are plush and green, flourishing with color and vibrancy. Their landscaping is the talk of the neighborhood for its glamorous curb appeal and picture-perfect design. Others, unfortunately, are cursed with the black thumb, and no matter how much they sprinkle the lawn, fertilize their flowers or prune their bushes, the work just results in a sad state of limp, lifeless flora.
A beautiful lawn can add to the desirability of your home. Lush landscaping, trimmed hedges and intricate garden work all make buyers pause at the wonder, and that perfect lawn may even be the feature that seals a contract.
While homeowners may assume that their lack of gardening groove is killing their lawn, the real issue may just be a lack of time. Gardening is a passion for many homeowners; some people love planting, trimming and designing the perfect lawn. They dig out time each week to maintain their green investments and may spend hours devoted to this passion. If you don’t have time to invest in your lawn, though, don’t fret. The green dream can still be yours, and, yes, your lawn can absolutely become the envy of your neighbors.
Is a black thumb or lack of time ruining your home’s curb appeal? Try these low maintenance landscape solutions:
- Create a rock garden
- Use boulders to draw a halo around trees
- Create a unique walkway
- Fake the look of real flowers and plants
- Plant micro clover instead of grass
- Opt for non-living elements
- Landscape your front lawn with shrubs
If none of this works, you might need to hire a professional. Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.
Create a rock garden
Forget the plants! Create an island oasis of calm in your backyard with a rock garden. Smooth stones can be arranged in such a way to create the focal point of your yard. Integrate hearty succulents to add to the appearance of this outdoor feature. Afraid of that greenery? Don’t be! Succulents are one of the most effortless plants you could choose.
Use boulders to draw a halo around trees
Rocks, again, can be used to encircle large trees. This creates a focal point for your front or back lawn. You might want to consult with a landscape company about what boulders to choose. You don’t want to affect the root system of the tree.
Create a unique walkway
For the backyard, you might consider creating a unique walkway up to your back door or porch. Choose intricate tiles or stones or have your children add their handprints along the walkway. Want pops of color? Choose hearty flowers like sunflowers, begonias or snapdragons. These are among the many “can’t kill flowers” recommended by HGTV.
Fake the look of real flowers and plants
Some silk flowers or plastic plants look like the real deal. If you really don’t have the time to mess with flowers and plants, opt for potted fakes! You can use these to decorate the front or back porch.
Plant micro clover instead of grass
Say goodbye to grass and hello to microclover. Yes, instead of the traditional green stuff, opt for a type of clover that is green, low maintenance and looks great. Not a fan of microclover? There are other grass-free options.
Opt for non-living elements
Your backyard or lawn doesn’t have to focus on grass, shrubs, trees and flowers. Add decorative touches to draw attention to your lawn. Stay away from tacky lawn ornaments, though, as these detract from curb appeal. Your HOA also may have issues with them! Porch swings may add a country chic element to a backyard. Or choose a pretty outdoor dining set, barbecue grill and seating elements to create a welcoming ambiance for guests.
Landscape your front lawn with low-maintenance shrubs
There are many shrubs that you can’t kill, too! The right shrubs can create a unique look and add architectural detail to the front of your home, and, the best part is that they require little effort. Plants have their own unique needs, though, so the hardy shrubs in your area may differ from another part of the country. This Old House offers recommendations for every part of the U.S.
Hire a professional
If you have money to invest in landscaping but no time to maintain that lawn, then hire a pro! This ensures your lawn will be the envy of your neighbors with little or no time from you. Work with a local landscaping company to choose the best layout for your yard, and ask the company for recommendations for the best lawn maintenance companies to handle the upkeep.Some homeowners may love to garden, others may just lack the time or skill to maintain a lush lawn. If your thumb lacks the green touch, don’t worry! There are so many options to create the look you love without all the fuss. Hardy plants and shrubs, grass alternatives, porch swings, rocks, and other decorative elements can create focal interest in the front or back yard. If you have the money but lack the time, hire a pro to handle the lawn care and landscaping for you! With a little creativity, your lawn can be the envy of the neighborhood!