If you really like spending time in your yard but don’t have the time or the inclination to maintain it, there may be a couple of things you can do that will give you the best of both worlds.
Install a Sprinkler System
One of the first things you should do to help you keep your lawn looking nice is to install one of several types of lawn irrigation systems depending on the size and needs of your plants. A rotor system, for example, utilizes pop-up sprinkler heads set on a timer. At various intervals, the system comes on automatically and the yard gets watered for 5-20 minutes at a time. You can set the system to water more or less depending on the time of year. A drip system is a system of semi-buried hoses that provide a continuous slow drip of water to different areas of your lawn. Once either system is installed, all you have to do is sit back and admire your lush grass.
Ditch the Grass
Some homeowners have determined that the grass really is greener somewhere else and for someone else, and they choose to ditch the green stuff altogether in favor of mulch or gravel. Set down a weed barrier, and then layer several inches of mulch or gravel on top. No more hauling out the lawn mower and weed eater for you! Every couple of years, you will need to refresh your ground cover, but otherwise, it’s fairly maintenance free.
Add a Deck
If your yard is too big to take care of, build a deck or patio. Not only does this create extra living and entertainment space, but it also cuts down on the upkeep. The greenspace in your yard may get smaller, but a few artfully positioned potted plants filled with colorful flowers will make the area look landscaped and cared for.
Not every yard needs a master gardener working full-time for it to be enjoyable. Find the happy medium that allows you to enjoy your yard without having to work in it 24/7.