Low maintenance landscape ideas

mfurgiueleMay 4, 2013
I have a big backyard, looking for any help on a low maintenance solution. I have space around my lawn that is covered with mulch and weeds with red brick borders. I love the modern style of rocks and decomposed granite and simple plants. Any fresh ideas would be appreciated.
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What climate zone are you in and what direction is the photo taken?
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 6:59AM
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mfurgiuele
San Diego, Ca

The direction of the photo is as if you stepped out of my back door and are facing straight back to the back of my property wall. The other photo is directly to the right of the first photo.
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 1:50PM
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mfurgiuele
More angles
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
You'll want some trees and shrubs, but for low maintenance, and low water usage, add rocks.
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You can have large and medium rocks, pavers, stepping stones. Add tall and shorter bushes that are evergreen. Some flowering evergreens. For ground cover, trailing gazanias, african daisies,. check your nursery for fast growing ground cover. Succulents are low maintenance, less water.
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1 Like    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 2:47PM
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nasmijati
If you are in the USA, the County Extension Office of your state university will have a list of native plants. These plants should need little to no water once they are established (first growing season, usually).

Learn what plants are native to your area. The horticulturalist on staff at you local nursery (not national chain) will be able to answer all of your questions.
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Here is a link to native plants in San Diego. Lots to research http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/plant_lists/common_name_S.htm
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 3:09PM
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Be sure to choose and group plants with similar cultural requirements, especially how much water they require.
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Marly
Plant trees! You'll be glad you did. The apple tree I planted last year looked pretty shabby, but it looks great now.

Birdhouses and beehouses (for mason bees) are great too. Set it up once, and nature will do the rest.
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 5:46PM
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Marly
I like Carolyn's rock garden idea. You could also try a stumpery, which looks amazing and wouldn't require a lot of upkeep. You can add to it over time. "Plant" old stumps upside down and let the roots be an accent to your garden.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Interesting thought, Marly! I've never seen a stumpery. Are you just kidding us?
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 5:49PM
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Marly
Nope! I saw an amazing one on HGTV, and there is a Wikipedia article called "Stumpery" with more information. :)
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 5:58PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Thanks, Marly!
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 6:03PM
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Marly
No problem. Here's a cool video about what a stumpery is and how to start one:
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 6:12PM
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decoenthusiaste
Didn't read all the posts but look for xeriscape - low maintenance and low water requirements.
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 7:31PM
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mfurgiuele
Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to look up all the information.
    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 8:19PM
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Thanks Marly, very interesting and creative video. I enjoyed it.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:04PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
For starters I'd stain concrete an earthy brown, replace chainlink fence with new one, plant blooming vines on the red brick wall/fence, and plant an ornamental tree, tall shrubs and evergreens for privacy like in my doodle below. You didn't say how much lawn you wanted to keep or what you want in your own backyard. Care to elaborate ?
    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 4:46PM
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mfurgiuele
Very good idea, thanks for the drawing as well. Fence is an eye sore, you recommend a different type of pool fence? the patch of lawn I currently have I would like to keep, once I get it green again. The other areas with the mulch and weeds I was thinking plants and decomposed granite floor. Staining the concrete sounds really good too.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 4:56PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
It's obvious that you are in a very warm climate-I see a palm tree so try to use plants that are drought tolerant in your area. Get rid of the lawn if you want low maintenance but if you need extra space to entertain or for children to play then plant a grass that is drought tolelrant and doesn't need constant mowing. Here's my doodle for the other side of your yard.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 4:57PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
Here's a doodle for the other side. Can't see the area near the open door well enough to know what it is or what it might be used for .
    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 5:07PM
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