Low Maintenance and Still Looking Good: A Landscaping Guide

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To have a beautiful garden, you need more than a vision and your good intentions. You actually need to pay attention and put hard work into it. Even Prince Charles — who holds the environment, sustainable agriculture, and organic farming close to his heart — talks to his plants to help them grow.

Many homeowners worry about not having enough time for gardening and maintaining their landscape. In fact, 18-to-34-year-old homeowners who now make up 29 percent of all gardening households are researching online to find the most efficient ways to look after a garden. If you’re concerned that you don’t have enough time for proper landscape care, consider adopting a low-maintenance design.

Low-Maintenance Design Does Not Make Your Landscape Less Striking

Salt Lake City homeowners have unique, sometimes quirky, ideas about how they want their property to look. And according to a Utah-based custom landscape company, a home can only look as good as its surroundings. Regardless of age, however, many homeowners do not have time to properly look after their landscape. This is why low-maintenance landscape design is gaining popularity.

Southwestern states like Utah are naturally dry and more susceptible to drought. Local homeowners might have difficulty choosing plants that can survive this environment. Professional landscapers can help you find drought-tolerant plants like succulent aloe plants, evergreen wormwood shrubs, decorative yet edible artichokes, ornamental fountain grass, and fragrant lavender shrubs.

Professional landscapers may also help you with the strategic placement of native plants, such as white fir and desert willows, which can easily grow in Utah’s dry, continental climate.

Asymmetrical Landscape Design May Be Easier to Maintain

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If you are looking for a way to spice up your landscape, consider adopting an asymmetrical design. In addition to looking more natural, asymmetry generally makes for easier maintenance.

An even, symmetrically designed landscape requires meticulous maintenance. You — or your landscaping team — have to constantly look after it and make sure every single detail is in place and that growth is even. With a more asymmetrical design, however, there isn’t much structure to follow. Straight lines turn into unpredictable geometric patterns and strategically positioned plants and flowers. This might make landscape maintenance easier.

Many homeowners consider an asymmetrical garden because the pattern is less obvious. So, if you forget to tend to a specific plant or if the lawn maintenance schedule gets pushed back, it won’t be so glaring that something is amiss. Additionally, this type of design leaves you more room to work with uneven terrain.

Work with a Professional Landscaping Team

Local homeowners are usually avid gardeners or they’re really not. Some truly exert effort and make time to look after their plants, flowers, and the landscape. Unfortunately, not everyone shares that enthusiasm or has the time.

If you cannot regularly mow your lawn and tend to your plants, for whatever reason, consider discussing a low-maintenance or an asymmetrical design with your local landscaping team. This may lessen your gardening responsibilities, but your garden still requires some maintenance to thrive. You may consider leaving the pruning and mulching — and even basic garden care — to professional landscapers, while you enjoy the benefits of an attractive, lush lawn.

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