Succulent plants generally require little maintenance. Combine these with rocks and you have an easy to maintain yard.
I used it widely for all projects, remodeling, interior design, landscaping, its truly amazing.
Here are some ideas for low maintenance projects:
A food forest generally require less maintenance, mostly due to the fact that most of the plants are perennial and don’t need to be replanted every year. Also as food forests mature, they shade the ground more and there is less weeding and less of a need for irrigation! Saves time and money!
My favorites are banana, papaya, passion fruit, mango, avocado, lychees, star fruit, star apple, custard apple, white sapote, black sapote, guava and mulberry. Citrus is popular in Florida, but it is prone to problems, so I don't recommend it for a low maintenance landscape.
There are many talented landscapers that can help you design a "modestly sized" food forest for under $2000, and the curb appeal it provides will add value to the price your home. And the best part, you get to eat what you grow all year long :-)
However, given the drought we've been experiencing a and the inherent fire hazard we live in couple with the high cost of watering I've acquiesced to the harsh reality that all the pretty flowers, plants and shrubs that are not indigenous to this environment will have to go.
This past summer I quit watering my grass and I've lopped 50% off my water bill. I'm now in the process of cutting off the irrigation to anything that isn't drought resistant. You'd be surprised at how dramatically a tropical landscape can slowly transition into a beautiful desert like landscape and still maintain its beauty.
Xeriscaping - landscaping with water conservation is great (done once - you don't have to worry about watering plants any more). Rock gardens - Japanese Zen or any other way you like it.
Huge patio or patios (areas) that cover the ground, eliminating the need for planting.
Fruit trees (gravel or mulch around them) - work great in South Florida.
Having a large swimming pool occupying the yard, or any other additional structures - like a sand volleyball area, tennis court, pergola, a guest or in law house, a playground, a gym...
Completely agree about native plants - many require almost no maintenance.
However, that said, landscapers or neighborhood help, are not expensive in So. Florida and are readily available when not feeling like doing anything landscaping wise.
The sky is the limit!
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
And yes, artificial grass is actually environmentally friendly because of the reduced resource use over time.
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Will Jenkins | http://www.lighthouselandscape.com/about.html
http://www.fnps.org/plants/refinelist/Dade. Hope this helps. Enjoy designing your backyard!
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