Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.
If you have a second home, yard maintenance from a distance can be a challenge. When it comes to your yard and landscaping, getting creative with upkeep is key. Here are four ideas that can help you easily maintain a well landscaped yard at your vacation home.
1. Choose Local Plants
The easiest way to have a well landscaped yard that needs little maintenance is to opt for plants that will do well on their own. If you can source local plants that already thrive in your vacation home's environment, they will do the work for you. If you pick plants based only on what you like, they might not be the most practical option when it comes to a yard that you aren't around to maintain. Work with a local landscaper to find out what plants will have the best success on their own.
2. Low Maintenance Yard Options
Choosing all aspects of your landscape strategically will make a difference. Your vacation home's yard might not be the best place to plant cranky plants that might take a lot of work and upkeep to succeed. Large plants and shrubbery will look nice, and can withstand inclement weather better than smaller, delicate plants. Take out part of a yard or garden and put in gravel or mulched pathways that still look nice but will require less upkeep.
3. Set Up Sprinkler Timers
Have your yard do its own work by setting up sprinkler timers. This can be something you can control remotely and can adjust depending on weather patterns and the time of year. If your yard just needs to be maintained minimally with watering, this is something that you can still control when you are away. Computerized sprinkler systems can be controlled by computer or smart phone apps, making these perfect for a vacation home.
4. Source a Local Landscaper
Find someone that can come and do small yard upkeep either weekly or biweekly, depending on your needs and the season. You won't have to do a huge yard overhaul every few months because of neglect while you are away. This is worth it in the long run so that your home looks well maintained and occupied throughout the year.
Setting up a low-key, self-maintained yard with a little local help will make it easy to keep a well landscaped vacation home. For more information or help landscaping, visit Glynn Young's Landscaping & Nursery Center.Share