If I walked into a room and asked everybody to raise their hand if they enjoyed backyard maintenance on weekends, we all know how many hands would be up.
No one LIKES doing the work to keep the yard looking nice, but its preferable to walking out into the yard and seeing a giant mess of overgrown plants, untrimmed grass and dirty tables. So how can you have your cake and eat it too?
Take a couple of cues from these low maintenance backyard designs. Your yard might be bigger or smaller than some of these designs but the basic principles are the same. Click on any of the images to see a bigger version.
Basic Principle #1 – Shrink your lawn space
The lawn is the biggest time sink in your yard, mowing and trimming (even if you’re like me and do a rough as guts job) still takes way too much time. The easiest way to reduce maintenance time is to reduce the area of your lawn, or eliminate it entirely!
If you have kids or pets, you may still need space for play time. These designs are great inspiration for how to use lawn area without making it a heavy burden on your weekend time.