How often should I do Landscape Maintenance? When you first have your landscaping done, plan it carefully so that there is not too much landscape maintenance. By planning from the start you will be able to avoid any high maintenance plants and grasses and just stick with plants requiring very little care.
If you live in a hot climate requiring conservation of water, you can still have a water feature, make sure it is reticulated, meaning the water goes back through the pipes circulating the same water constantly.
If you are landscaping in the front of your property, start by not having a fence, a fence requires painting and other maintenance and doesn’t usually look nice because everyone has a different fence.
Plant a line of native grasses along your front boundary line, try Blue Fescue or Prairie Dropseed for a medium height grass to define the start of your property. The grasses will thicken up over time and stop any paper from blowing in.
In the middle of your front garden, you will have your reticulated water feature. This will need maintenance once a month to stop any moss and fungus from growing on it and keep it looking clean and fresh.
In fact, with low-maintenance landscaping, your whole garden will only need attention monthly. If you have a gardener coming in every month, he will do the maintenance in about three hours.
If you have some large deciduous trees these cause the most work, as all the leaves must be swept up and put into the green bin. If watering is required daily, install a watering system with a timer, as most people don’t have time to stand outside with a hose for an hour.
Your landscape maintenance should not be a chore, and if you designed the front garden right from the beginning your Gardner will easily perform all the maintenance on a monthly basis.
Keep your garden tools in a shed, so that he has everything he needs for his three hours of work in your garden. If you want anything new put in the garden, you can purchase it and leave it ready for him to put in the ground.
It is always easier and low maintenance to stick to local native plants that you see growing in the area, as these plants don’t take much care and are usually very low landscape maintenance.
There are so many lovely palms that will look perfect in your landscaped garden, and once they are established they require little or no work.
The Golden Cain palm and the Kentia palm are pretty much disease resistant and medium height palms like this will look great in your front garden. The only maintenance required is when a dead frond needs removing, and some raking around the base every month.
It looks welcoming to have some cheerful plants by the front door, and because they are contained in pots they won’t be too much work. When they look tired or dead, pull them out, renew the earth and plant more.
It will keep refreshing your garden and look really attractive all year round because the plants are constantly new.
Some of the major city gardens of the world remain beautiful because they constantly replant blooms in the city gardens every 6 to 10 weeks. So the same strategy can work on either side of your front door, and be low maintenance because it is contained in the pots.
Landscape maintenance need not be a chore, it is what you put into your garden that is important. If you do the maintenance yourself it should be the same as having a gardener. Set aside three hours a month and get it done in that time.
Your garden will look lush and lovely, and the secret is to have an automatic watering system, sensible plantings, and provide minimal care.