One of any homeowner’s goals is to keep their home beautiful. And that not only means on the inside but the outside as well. But many of us are often bogged down by the routine obligations that we are just too busy to maintain our landscaping the way we want to.
We can’t all be master gardeners and landscapers, putting in hours upon hours of backbreaking work to manicure the flowers, foliage, and hedges into lush grounds. And those of us engaged in all of life’s other activities see it as an overwhelming ecological ordeal.
Landscaping Tips for Homeowners with Limited Time
Yard aesthetic not only plays a role in our home’s curb appeal but also in our property’s value. And it also makes a statement about who we are as homeowners. Our backyards can also mean a great deal to us for various reasons. For example, it could be the only quiet retreat some of us have at home. Some turn it into a playground for their kids, others let their pets run around, some have pool areas, or maybe all of these characteristics.
We all have ideas about how we want our yards to look and how to maintain them, both front and back yards. But for those of us who are overloaded and can’t find the time to do so, the struggle can sometimes leave us unsure of what to do. As a start, here are 5 landscaping tips for busy homeowners:
Pay Attention to the Weeds
You may not have enough time to do the things you want to do with your yard, but you should not overlook anything that could be potentially damaging to your yard. Namely, this begins with weeds. Simple weed maintenance can absolutely have a positive effect on your yard’s aesthetic.
Weeds can be invasive and cause problems with your lawn’s health, as well as its overall appearance. This also includes dandelions. Some people prefer to handle this with weed killer sprays, rather than picking them out by hand. This can be quick, but some herbicides may also cause lawn damage as well.
Another easy way to remove weeds is by using mulch on your lawn. Mulch will block the sunlight and prevent weeds from sprouting, retain moisture in the soil, protect the roots of plants, and even add its own layer of aesthetic to your yard. It’s quick and easy, allowing you time to take care of other pressing matters.
Carefully Consider What You Plant
Naturally, you’re going to want your yard to reflect your personal style the same way your home’s interior does. If you’re more of a minimalist, that may be beneficial. Certain plants, shrubs, and other foliage require a great deal of attention.
Some of the less cumbersome plants and flowers might be better options, like sunflowers and marigolds, for example. These won’t require much tending to. Others include wave petunias, yarrow, primrose, daylilies, and English ivy.
It’s also important to know which plants won’t wind up becoming invasive. Some are pretty and exotic but become too much trouble when they overtake your yard. Some also require certain climates to thrive, and if you’re not careful, they could perish and destroy your yard.
Plan for Short-Term (Not Long-Term) Maintenance
If you haven’t got all that much time to spend in your yard, long-term maintenance for certain species of plants and flowers may prove to be too burdensome on your time. As it relates to the previous point, consider the low-maintenance options, as well as what won’t up becoming hazardous.
Previously mentioned, sunflowers are low-maintenance, however, they can grow to be very large. Think about the size of mature plants will be before planting them. If you’ve got a green thumb and know you’ll be able to handle the type of plant you want in a short amount of time, take that into account as well before investing.
Time and money are both important factors in maintaining the exteriors of your home, just as they are with the interiors. Realizing too late that you’ve chosen the wrong type of plants and flowers for your yard is going to have a negative effect on both.
Know What Won’t Inhibit Your Time and Money
Busy schedules don’t allow for as much yard maintenance time as you may like, so if you want to keep on top of your landscaping but need to do so on a budget and with brevity, construct a plan. This even includes knowing which garden hose is best for you.
It’s important to be realistic about how much you spend on your landscaping. You’re likely to run into some setbacks that require unexpected expenses. When you’ve determined your landscaping plans and added up all the tentative costs, create a buffer by adding an additional 15-20% that you will likely spend.
And when it’s time to install and maintain everything, keep a maintenance plan in place. Know what needs to be watered and pruned and when. Mark on your calendar, if necessary, along with your other weekly and monthly obligations to ensure that your yard is getting the attention it needs to remain healthy and attractive.
When in Doubt, Hire a Professional
Yard work and landscaping can be time-consuming. Even just basic lawn care can take up an entire afternoon. If you truly want your backyard and front yard looking its utmost best, according to your budget, consider the services of a landscaping professional.
Lawn maintenance experts handle the most complex of yard tasks, from fertilization and aeration to pest control, and will contain and remove weed or overgrowth problems as well. They’re even educated on local climate conditions and what types of plant species will thrive in your yard. And they’re also well-versed in the art of yard presentation and aesthetic layout designs.
It may cost a little extra money, but it will save you so much time in the long run. Not only that, but a landscaping professional will ensure the quality and beauty of your yard in ways you wouldn’t be able to achieve if you only maintain it with the bare minimum of time needed to invest in it.
If you would like more information on simple landscaping tips for a busy lifestyle or would like to hire professionals to manage your landscaping in the Milton area, get in touch with the experts at CF Landscaping and let us make your house a home.