The first spring, it was a lovely surprise!
Which isn't to say that our yard is maintenance free. Our backyard trees dump entire mats of brown leaves on our back lawn and garden. The wind blows all of the neighbors' leaves into our front yard, just in case we didn't have enough raking to do. We keep two food gardens - a big one in the back and half the front lawn, too. We have borders around the whole house and up against the fence. And so on, taking me to today's simplification idea:
Create an easy-to-maintain yard. If you spend too much time on your yard, here are some good tips.Too bad the link doesn't work, because it would have been nice to see what the Unclutterer folks do to keep yard work to a minimum. Honestly, I can't say that we spend too much time on the yard. Here's why:
- Lots of mulch. I can't be arsed to pull weeds from everywhere.
- The aforementioned perennials make things colorful and cheerful.
- Staggered perennials, so there is always something in bloom.
- All the borders. They may be a hassle to trim around, but they make everything look neater without our having to do much.
- Free mulch in the form of autumn leaves.
- Less lawn, more food and less mowing.
- That black plastic that goes around food plants so no weeds grow.
Then again, my favorite gardens are slightly messy ones that are sometimes called English gardens with lots of plants crowding close to one another. So I rather thing my yard looks kind of nice when it's a little less than neat.