Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for the Backyard

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Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for the Backyard
Sprinklers and other irrigation systems can cut down on backyard maintenance. (Park Sprinkler image by Gary Ng from Fotolia.com)

Many people just do not have the time for regular backyard landscape maintenance. Just because you can plant a tree, grow a garden or set up some other backyard project does not mean you can water, weed and otherwise tend it every few days. Plan your backyard around realistic projects that are not too time consuming.

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Coniferous Plants

Coniferous plants are one of the best options for low-maintenance backyard landscaping. They are generally extremely hearty, stay green all year long and come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Use boxwoods or other coniferous shrubs for privacy hedges to screen the yard. They will look good with only a little annual trimming and do not require a lot of water. Grow winterberry holly for a low maintenance specimen plant that adds winter colour. Use Douglas firs or other evergreen trees for tall, shade trees that will keep their foliage all year long.


Just because a plot requires frequent watering does not mean that it has to be a high maintenance area. Set up automatic irrigation systems to take care of your backyard plants including grass, flowers, and vegetables. For your lawn, install several sprinklers. Set them to go off about every three days, at dusk. You will need to adjust the sprinklers to water a bit more often in the summer than in the spring or fall; other than that, the timer should control your watering needs. For your garden plants, use a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation uses perforated hoses at ground level to water the plants directly, lowering the amount of water wasted with evaporation, keeping the foliage dry and free of rot and watering each plant, precisely.


The most low-maintenance backyard ideas are the ones made out of stone, brick or other rot-proof hardscape materials. Add a few landscape boulders to your backyard for a rugged look that will last nearly forever. As time passes, mosses will grow on the rocks, enhancing their look. Build a backyard patio on top of a concrete layer or several inches of gravel. The under-layer will prevent plants from springing up and stop the patio from settling crookedly, decreasing the maintenance drastically.

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