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A Backyard Makeover for an Easy Outdoor Life

by Karin Mangan, All About Lawns Columnist

A great lawn can make for a great backyard. And the secret to a great lawn is to make it easy to maintain. Unless you are a truly dedicated gardener, you probably do not want to spend too much time on lawn maintenance.

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  • Less weeds
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If you don't get it right at the beginning, you may end up with an untidy lawn and a nagging feeling that you ought to do something about it, when you should be relaxing in the pleasant environment of your own, private outdoor space.

Plan Your Backyard Makeover for Low Maintenance
A backyard makeover that establishes a lawn with the right types of grass, surrounded by borders of low-maintenance trees and shrubs, including hardy perennials, can produce some excellent rewards. Selecting the right types of grass and opting for low maintenance planting can create a yard that requires minimal upkeep. Get it wrong and you may end up with a lawn that quickly turns brown in the sun, or becomes waterlogged in the shade, and borders that are untidy and overrun with weeds. As a result, your backyard can become another item on your to-do list instead of a retreat from the daily chores.

Less is More for a Low Maintenance Backyard Makeover
Keep it simple and you should get the most out of your backyard makeover and your precious leisure time. Some simple tips include plant for year-round greenery that requires nothing more than annual pruning, and adding color with hanging baskets that can be discarded when not in bloom. Other low maintenance ideas include adding a simple water feature which creates interest without requiring much upkeep, or moving potted plants around for variety.

With some simple additions, such adding hanging or potted plants to your backyard, you can give your backyard a low maintenance makeover.


About the Author
Karin has worked as a writer and researcher for the past 10 years, writing on a variety of subjects. She has a research-based PhD in English studies and is engaged in an ongoing battle to tame her backyard.

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