If you are a busy homeowner, then ideally you plan on having a low maintenance landscape. Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t initially take the to work with professional landscaping designers, we often find that we have bitten off more than we can chew. So what’s the secret to achieving a landscape that will require the most minimum work possible? Orlando Landscape Designs had some tips, and quite honestly, they’ve been working quite fittingly for me.
Your idea of what constitutes as low maintenance depends on your level of commitment to your landscape. If you enjoy gardening and plan on being out in the yard for hours a day, then your idea of low maintenance is going to vary drastically from someone who just wanted to hire a landscape designer and be done with it. So here are the steps in defining and actually maintaining a landscape to your preference.
Step 1. Hire Landscaping Designers
Oh, you really just planned on building and maintaining your landscape yourself? Big mistake. Huge.
Even if you are a seasoned gardener, you will want to elicit the help of professional experts to determine your home’s landscape. They can help you evaluate where you have room to grow (literally), and the proper guideline as well as the timeline for your landscaping endeavor. A landscape designer is going to be able to predetermine what types of plant to root and where that will ultimately save you time (and probably money). You won’t have to dig up or reroot plants during the winter season if you plan properly, and a landscape designer can have this mapped out in half the time. If your goal is low-maintenance, a landscape designer will tell you how to achieve this target.
Step 2. Determine Low Maintenance Landscape
As I mentioned, a hardened gardener is going to define low maintenance as something exceedingly different from a homeowner who wants to be out in the yard as little as possible The second step into administrating short upkeep is to know what that means to you. Do you want to be outside every day or do you only want to tackle weed problems on a routine basis? Do you enjoy experimenting with new plants or do you want to keep your garden the same year-round? Knowing what constitutes as a easy to manage landscape for you personally will help your landscape designer plan out the right design for your needs and purposes.
Step 3. Know Your Environment
Without knowing the type of environment your new landscape will be living in, you may be setting yourself up for failure and a hefty landscaping project. Before you start making changes, know what conditions already exist in your lawn. Are there areas that are prone to flooding or a patch of grass that sees more sunlight than others? A sight analysis to document your soil and existing vegetation will also help in keeping your garden easy to manage. Once you know this, you and your designer can map out a plan for your landscape. They will be able to expertly plan the architecture of your garden so that receives it care organically. The more natural sunlight and water that your garden can collect, the easier the work is for you.
Need help with your landscape design? Contact our landscaping designers at Orlando Landscape Designs for tactics on implementing a low maintenance landscape design!