The 10 Easiest to Maintain Landscaping Ideas

Seeing your home at the end of a long day should be one of the most comforting experiences you have, and nothing can spoil this more than a lawn in desperate need of care.

Whether you’ve never put any effort into your home’s landscaping or it once looked magazine-ready but has gradually become unsightly over the years, many homeowners simply don’t have the time, patience or finances to devote to lawn care — and that’s totally fine!

In this guide, we’ll show you the easiest to maintain landscaping ideas that will thrive even with minimal lawn care effort on your part.

Rock Garden

Don’t have time to water or mow the lawn? Why not skip the lawn altogether? Install a stone or rock garden for a unique look that will turn heads while requiring almost no upkeep on your part!

Hardscaping

Similar to rock gardens, hardscaping is an install-once-and-enjoy-forever solution. Simply cover your lawn with large stones and tiles for a smooth surface that’s ready hundreds of activities — except watering and regular upkeep!

Lighting

While you’ll only get the full effect at night, lighting will add sophistication and drama to any lawn. Some light designs can also function as stylish pieces on their own, improving your lawn’s aesthetic when they’re not even on.

Potted Plants

Once you install a garden bed in your lawn, you’re then obligated to keep plants growing or be stuck with an empty plot of land. With potted plants, if you find you don’t have the time to properly maintain your plants then simply remove the pot and it’s like it was never there!

Outdoor Seating

Not only will outdoor seating fill up more space on your lawn that you won’t have to upkeep, but it will probably also ensure that you’ll actually spend more time outdoors enjoying your yard.

Automatic Sprinklers

Can’t find the time to water the grass? Install automatic sprinklers and you’ll never have to think about it again.

High-Quality Soil

Despite your best efforts, it will be very difficult for plants and vegetation to survive in sub-par soil. Set your lawn up for success by using the right soil from the beginning. Words like organic and chemical-free are your friend here.

Mulch

Good-quality mulch will easily fill up space on your lawn and provide a nice contrast to whatever else is there. Besides its visual appeal, it’s one of the most practical things you can add to your lawn. Mulch will retain the moisture in your soil, meaning that you’ll have to water the area significantly less.

Perennials

Don’t want to plant new plants every year? Fill your lawn with perennials, which will keep coming back year after year. Popular options like sedum, coneflower, monarda and coreopsis are nice additions that will survive whatever winter throws its way.

Artificial Grass

If you truly want to do nothing but have a vibrant green lawn, then artificial grass is your best bet. Although it may be a polarizing option with some people in favor and others strongly opposed, if you never want to worry about watering, seeding or mowing then, by all means, go for it!

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TOP 5 COOL BACKYARD IDEAS

Picture it, the cold Calgary winter months are officially over and summer is here. The sun is out and you can finally spend some time with family outside soaking up the rays from the comfort of your own home… but wait! Your backyard is in no condition to lounge around in, let alone host the people you love. Since Calgary spends much of its year in the winter season, it means the summertime lounging in your backyard is that much sweeter.. So you’re convinced, maybe this is the year you finally decide to spruce up your home with some cool backyard ideas? Where do you even start and what will work for your backyard and your lifestyle?

In such a highly connected world, inspiration can come from anywhere! You can google “cool backyard ideas”, take a peek at your next door neighbour’s yard, or even give Ananda Landscapes a call to help design your cool backyard ideas that fits your lifestyle. Regardless of the path you choose, your options are endless. So instead of getting bogged down in all of the “what ifs”, let’s start with 5 unique features that you didn’t know you needed in your backyard renovation!

BEER TAP

There’s nothing like an ice cold beer while enjoying the backyard you’ve put so much thought and effort into. Spruce up your outdoor kitchen this summer by installing a beer tap to create the ultimate stage for your backyard summer cookouts. Even if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, there are ways to get a beer tap in your yard. Ananda Landscapes installed a beer tap in a client’s backyard, watch the video below to learn more about his backyard landscape!

OUTDOOR PROJECTOR / MOVIE THEATER

Movie lovers rejoice! Revamp your “family movie night” and turn your own backyard into an outdoor theater. If your backyard is up against a large portion of house that has no windows or obstructions, you have yourself the perfect movie screen. For those of you who have been thinking about getting or already have a projector screen, you can set up a DIY outdoor theatre too! Grab together a couple power extension cables, hdmi cords, and a projector, and have yourself a personal movie screening. There are plenty of ways to make this work, take it from MomAdvice with their blog about a DIY Outdoor Movie Night.

GOLF GREEN

It’s Saturday afternoon, the sun is high and there is a cool breeze in the air. The only thing that could make your weekend any better is to be able to take out the clubs and practice your short game. Imagine not even having to leave your own house to refine those putting skills. For many like our client Jennifer, that’s the dream! Explore what we created from her cool backyard ideas below!

MURPHY PICNIC SET

Backyard barbeques are a summer classic. Spruce up your next backyard get-together with one of these murphy picnic sets. With the ability to fold up flush against a wall and fold down when you want to use it, this table is great for small backyards with limited space. Now anyone can enjoy an outdoor picnic from the serenity of their own home without sacrificing valuable backyard space.

HANGING CHAIR

After a long day, there is nothing more relaxing than curling up in a hanging chair and swaying with the breeze with a beverage in your hand (perhaps from your beer tap?). The hanging chair is a classic in the book of cool backyard ideas. Something that’s even more appealing about hanging chairs is that you can place them wherever you’d like. This means you choose if you want sunshine or shade, you can even make them mobile with different hanging areas to choose your environment.