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4 Must-Haves for a Low Maintenance Yard Renovation

A garden that catches your attention without demanding it is every homeowner's dream, and you can have it!

Fredrickson Landscape South O Project Modern Front Yard Garden

If you found your way to this blog, you probably love living life outdoors. But having a beautiful garden to look at every day doesn't have to mean working long hours to maintain it. We love creating spaces that are high on style but low on maintenance.

Before you start your yard renovation, it's good to know the key things that will not only make your yard look incredible but save you from extra work down the road.

Here is what we suggest every homeowner needs for a low-maintenance yard.

1. Low flow irrigation

For planter areas, we always install a low-flow techline irrigation. These irrigation systems have emitters built into the tubing and give a low and steady water application. And when installed in a grid, gives the best coverage and helps promote healthy root systems.

No waste! Techline irrigation systems don't create overspray that can damage your house and best of all they are hidden under your finish material for a super clean look. This also saves water and means no tripping over bulky pop-up heads in areas that may get a lot of traffic.

Techline irrigation coupled with an irrigation controller means you can set your irrigation times and forget them making them the most efficient way to water your yard.

Fredrickson Landscape South O Project Modern Front Yard Garden
Techline irrigation is hidden under the rock finish material for a clean look.

2. Rock finish material

We never leave a planter bed naked! Whether it's mulch, bark, or rock, we never leave a planter bed unfinished.

Finish material helps with weeds, retains moisture in the soil, and looks waayyyy cleaner!

We use all types of finish material in our designs, but rock has the added bonus of longevity. Unlike mulch and bark, rock doesn't fade and stays put so it doesn't have to be replenished every year.

There are so many rock choices to choose from that fit every landscaping style, but our favorites are always 3/4" - 1".

Fredrickson Landscape South O Project Modern Front Yard Garden

3. Boulders

If you've followed us on Instagram for a while you know we are big fans of boulders! They're that extra element that takes a yard from good to great.

Boulder accents are a great way to break up planter beds and add another element of interest beyond plant material.

I always tell my clients boulders are great because you don't have to water them, they never die, and are a gorgeous accent to any style yard. They're also an affordable way to incorporate natural stone into a landscape.

Bonus, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes so you can find a perfect match for your style.

Fredrickson Landscape South O Project Modern Front Yard Garden

4. Succulents & other low maintenance plants.

I love trimming and pruning... said no one ever. Succulents are a great way to spice up your yard without having to prune and trim for hours on end. They’re also great when you want to save on water usage!

Succulents are an affordable, low-maintenance option for your yard. Talk about a win-win! Agaves and succulents look great year-round, even during the colder winter months. Not to mention, they create excellent curb appeal. See this post for some of our favorites.

Succulents require less water and less upkeep, making them a great addition to all landscapes.

Enjoy your yard!

Everyone deserves to have a beautiful yard they can enjoy and be proud of without taking hours from your busy schedule. Gardening can be hard work, but with these tips and tricks, you can enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance yard year-round.


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