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Low Maintenance Landscaping Tips

landscaping charleston scLow Maintenance Landscaping Tips

Improving your outdoor living area doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult to improve your outdoor living spaces. This landscaping guide for beginners will show you how to improve the curb appeal of your back and front yards.

We’ll start by sharing some simple landscaping projects and money-saving tips:

1. Mix Soil as well as Homemade compost

You might be tempted to purchase expensive potting soil if you are planting flowers. Although soil is important for plants’ health, it doesn’t mean you have to buy only soil. You can save significant amounts by mixing soil with organic materials from your home.

To make your soil last longer, you can mix your coffee grounds with the clay- or mud-like dirt from your yard. Mulch can be used to save money and provide plants with nutrients, but it costs slightly more than potting soil.

2. Start with young shrubs and plants

People are more attracted to mature plants and flowers when they visit the nursery because of their visual appeal. The only thing that makes mature plants and young plants different is the price. Younger plants are a better option if you’re looking to save money. It will be amazing how quickly they grow once planted.

3. Wait until the end of the season

Like clothing retailers, nurseries try to sell off last season’s trees, shrubs, and plants through clearance sales. This is a great way to save money, if you are willing to wait. Keep an eye out for clearance sales at the end of summer and spring seasons. Even if the leaves and flowers appear untidy and damaged, they can still be salvaged as long as there are green stems. Make sure you plant them as soon as possible after they are purchased and that they get enough water.

4. Make your own stepping stones

Although stepping stones add a wonderful touch to any yard they can be expensive. Even for a small path, they can easily cost hundreds of dollars at the store. Make a beautiful pathway yourself with these supplies: One 40-pound bag of quick-setting cement

To mix the cement, a shovel or hand-shovel

A paint bucket

A ruler

One bag with decorative shells and marbles

Square-shaped shallow cardboard boxes

Mix your cement and water using your paint bucket according to the bag’s instructions. After it has been thoroughly mixed, pour the cement in your cardboard box. Next, add the marbles and shells to the cement. Let it dry. Check the dryness after 24 hours. Once it is dry enough, you can remove or cut the cardboard to create a cute stepping stone.

5. Pick Perennials

Picking flowers that die every year can be costly, even though there are many beautiful annual flowers. You should instead consider purchasing charming perennials such as coreopsis, catmint and alstroemeria that will return every year with bright, colorful flowers. While perennials are more expensive upfront, they will last for many years and not fade as quickly as annual plants or flowers.

6. Divide and conquer

Remember that a perennial will continue to grow after it is planted. You don’t have to buy new flowers each year. Instead, you can simply uproot and move any new blossoms that were germinated from previous years’ perennials. It is possible to save money by simply dividing the blooms, and replanting them in various parts.

7. Get Mulch Free from Your Community

Many communities offer free mulch to residents. You just need to know where it is. There’s a chance your city picks up tree trimmings in the spring or fall. They may process the material by putting it in wood chippers to make mulch. Check to see if your local municipality has a mulch program. You might need a truck to bring the mulch back to your house if it exists. Mulch is usually not bagged so you’ll need a shovel.

Low-maintenance Landscape Design Ideas For Backyards

Your backyard is your private space. A front yard is open to the entire neighborhood. These are our top backyard landscaping tips that require little maintenance:

1. Add an outdoor rug

You can revitalize your outdoor space without spending a lot of money by laying an outdoor rug. It’s easy to add color to your backyard and transform it without having to stain or paint a deck.

2. Create a Trellis

Another great way to add charm to your outdoor space is to use trellises. You can either create your own with metal poles or wooden boards. On both sides, you can also plant climbing roses.

3. Make a Pergola to Provide Shade

A pergola is an excellent option if you enjoy spending time outdoors but don’t want the sun to shine in your eyes. You can add curtains to provide additional shade.

4. Purchase a fountain

A fountain is a great option for small gardens that are in need of design ideas. These are a great way to add water features without spending too much money or taking up too much space.

5. Add a Stock Tank Pool. Stock tank pools are a great way to cool off during the summer heat. They also provide fun for your children. To avoid causing damage to your grass, place it on a concrete patio or stone platform.

6. Add Some Mood Lighting

Landscape lighting is a great investment to make your backyard the envy of the rest. String lights can be draped on a pergola or in your outdoor space to create an atmosphere of starry night. Another great idea is to create soft lighting by using lanterns or torches to line paths.

7. Make a mural on your fence

A fence mural can be a great way to transform your space. You will need to decide which paints you want to use, and what scale to make your masterpiece.

8. Try Xeriscaping. If you are interested in reducing water consumption, xeriscaping is a way to plant drought-resistant plants in an arrangement that conserves it. It is easy to do, requires minimal maintenance, and increases the curb appeal and value of your yard.

9. Make an outdoor dining space

A table is essential to any outdoor space if you enjoy parties, barbecues, or work outdoors. You can either make your own table with wooden boards and wine barrels or buy a set that includes a table and four chairs.

10. Comfortable seating

When outdoor decorating, don’t forget about comfortable outdoor seating. You can create a relaxing space for family and friends with rocking chairs, benches and large outdoor pillows.

11. Keep Warm with a Fire Pit

A fire pit is a great item for hosting a memorable gathering. You can either build one yourself using wall stones or buy one from a manufacturer. Make sure you have enough seating to roast marshmallows.

12. Add a Hammock. Hammocks make great backyard decorations for children and adults. Hang one hammock between two trees, and attach its ropes with either tree straps (or industrial hooks). You can also buy a hammock with stands if you don’t have any sturdy trees.

13. Make a calm space for meditation

Set up an incense burner and some pillows. To give your space a more unique look, hang some chairs or decorative ornaments if you are near a tree.

14. Create a Theater

You can enjoy your favorite films from your backyard. All you need to do is hook up a projector and a screen, and then lay down blankets and pillows.

15. Make a fun zone for kids

A tire swing, swing set, treehouse, or jungle gym are all great options for little ones.

Simple Front Yard Landscaping and Hardscaping Ideas. Your backyard is for fun, but your front yard is where you show off your neighbors and friends. A well-designed and maintained front yard will make a good first impression to anyone who visits your home, including potential buyers. These are some simple ways to make your outdoor space stand out.

1. A Post and Rail Fence. Although you might think of fences as protecting your property from prying eyes and keeping them out of your view, rail and post fences are designed to draw people in. By defining your property’s borders, fences do this. A defined area, whether it is defined by fencing, hedges, or stone walls, is generally more appealing than an undefined space.

2. Driveway design

Your driveway could be breaching a fence, hedge, or wall that you have put in your front yard. You can frame the driveway’s entrance with a gate. The landscaping surrounding your driveway’s entrance is important as it will impact the first impression a potential buyer has of the property.

Low-budget Landscape Design Projects

These are some affordable landscaping ideas that you might consider:

1. Seek out Mulch Alternatives

Mulch can be a great choice for your garden but it can also prove to be a costly lawn maintenance routine. Mulch is not always free in your area. If this happens, consider using a less expensive option such as

Shredded Leaves: Spreading shredded leaf is an economical way to give your plants nutrients.

Grass clippings – Next time you mow your lawn gather your grass clippings, and scatter them over your flower beds.

Pine needles: These are a low-maintenance, lightweight option that can be easily spread.

Compost: Spread it on your beds if you have a compost container. It’s important to not apply it too thickly as this can heat up your plants and cause damage.

Stone: While stone may not be suitable for all types of plants, it can greatly reduce your maintenance and weeding expenses if used correctly. Stone mulch can be especially useful in areas with narrow driveways. Because organic matter such as grass clippings is less likely to soil stone mulch in these areas,

Newspaper: After you have finished reading Sunday comics, you can share them with your plants. You should place around five pages on each of your beds. Water them lightly, cover them with topsoil, and then plant.

Pine mulch is a cheaper option than traditional mulch and can be spread easily.

2. Repurpose an old tire as a planter. It can be difficult to dispose of old tires because they are heavy and often rejected by waste haulers. Why not use them in your garden instead of disposing of them?

If you don’t own any tires, it’s not difficult to find them. You can get them at your local recycling center for a small fee. It’s also easy to find people willing to donate them.

Here are some ways to put old tires in use in your garden:

Planters: Make decorative planters by stacking them and staggered them.

Hanging planters: Fill one-half of the tire with soil, and attach it to a fence.

You can make a garden pond by using tires as a base.

3. Go Vertical

You might consider creating a Vertical Garden if you are passionate about gardening but have limited space or money. This refers to using vertical space to grow your plants. Vertical gardens are a great option for those who don’t have the space or money to buy new materials like plastic bottles.

Here are some ideas for starting a vertical garden. Vertical garden for front porch: Terracotta pots and wires can be used to create a rustic-looking vertical garden.

Vertical herb garden: Fill old paint containers with soil and hang them.

Vertical succulent garden: This can be done by recycling a picture frame.

Vertical garden that is easily portable: You can waterproof an old shoe organizer and fill it with different plants and flowers.

4. Plant useful plants

You can reduce grocery expenses and save money by growing your own vegetables and herbs in the summer. It doesn’t matter if you want to grow herbs or repel bugs, your backyard can be transformed into a functional, beautiful space by adding a few terracotta planters.

Call Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC if you need help with landscaping or hardscaping your yard.

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
Charleston, SC 29419
(843) 532-3270

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
2170 Bees Ferry Rd #3 Charleston SC 29419