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Sheena Patel, Other/Just Looking in Miami, FL

What are some recommendations for zero maintenance landscaping/yard designs?

Asked by Sheena Patel, Miami, FL Mon Apr 8, 2013

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Research plants that a re native to your area - as they are native they will survive mostly on natural conditions. That doesn't mean they won't need some pruning to keep tidy though.

Succulent plants generally require little maintenance. Combine these with rocks and you have an easy to maintain yard.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 25, 2014
Tristam, thanks for the tips on how to plan an easy-to-maintain landscape. You make a good point on doing research on what types of plants will thrive in your climate. It seems like it could be a good idea to speak with a professional contractor about which plants would be best, and how to arrange them.
Flag Fri Apr 8, 2016
I agree with you guys, there are a lot of options available. You could definitely try putting in some beach sand or something. That might be a little bit more expensive, but it will really look great. I don't think that it would require very much maintenance either.
Flag Sat Jan 17, 2015
That is a really great idea. I never actually thought about putting in only plants that will survive on natural conditions. I think that landscaping with rocks also looks really nice. Once they are in, there is very little maintenance that you have to do.
Flag Mon Dec 15, 2014
I think this is a great idea. I only have native plants in my garden, and they do very well. You won't have to maintain them as much so you'll have more time for other things. The only other thing I can think of is using rocks instead of plants. Those you don't have to care for at all.
Flag Fri Oct 24, 2014
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
I personally have always loved zero-scape yards. they are really low maintenance as long as you keep the lines clean, and they aren't all that hard to do. Just some multicolored sand and gravel, a couple native plants, and nice rock borders. They can look really nice if they're done well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 9, 2015
Zero maintenance landscaping is a big plus for me as well. Unless gardening is your thing, most people are too busy to mess with their yard all the time. Having native plants would definitely help. Having ones that don't need a ton of water cuts down on how much you need to water your yard.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2015
There are a lot of different landscaping ideas that don't require very much maintenance. I think you would be able to add money to your home for doing a little landscaping. The value of the home should be based on size, but I also think that appearance also adds value the home. I would get in touch with a landscaping contractor and see what they think about low maintenance landscaping options.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 10, 2015
I would look into replacing your lawn with sand or gravel. We recently put a dessert style berm in at our house. It has rocks and sand with a few cactus. It actually looks really good! We have to weed the sand every once in a while but that is it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 8, 2015
I've always been a fan of stone work in yard design. It is zero maintenance and looks beautiful. You could also look into some low maintenance plant options, but those would require some sort of maintenance. As far as zero maintenance though, decorative rock is a good option.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 6, 2015
Some good zero maintenance materials for landscaping is sand and gravel. You can just plant a few plants and put in some sand or gravel. It should make it harder for weeds to grow in. It's a good option to look into, and if you do it right it can look good.
Flag Tue May 12, 2015
You should research to what would be natural in the environment you live in. You can also look at your neighbors to see exactly what they have and what has worked for them. But if you want to be unique, rocks can survive in any condition so go crazy!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2015
There are a lot of things that you can do. It all depends on your climate. If you have a really arid and dry climate, you can plant some desert plants and arid-tolerant lawn grasses. I know from experience that it can be done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 17, 2014
There are a lot of attractive designs that you can do with rocks and concrete. If you combined this with creative lighting and some kind of color, you could have a very fun yard. The trick is to keep it simple. I'm sure that there are also plants that are native to where you live that would require no maintenance, depending on the season.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 19, 2014
The easiest way that I have found is to get native plants and use landscaping tarps. I would plant all your shrubs, flowers, and bushes. Then put the landscapers tarp down and make small holes for the plants. Then lay rock or bark down over that and you have a good looking yard with very little maintenance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 19, 2014
Using landscapers tarp to prevent weeds. It has worked really will in my yard. I wish that the edges would be a little better but that's what I got.…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 17, 2014
Most low maintenance designs are going to be relatively cheap just by definition. Anything that is "no maintenance" is essentially going to be a rock garden. The only way to have no maintenance another way is if you don't care that things overgrow. I would suggest talking to various landscapers if I were you. I'm sure they would have a variety of options for you that would be low to no maintenance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 6, 2014
A lot of it is going to depend on your area and climate. I recommend talking to a landscaping company after having them look at your space. They will be able to apply their expertise to suggest some good ideas.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 30, 2014
We recently used gravel to cover an area of our yard that used to just be weeds. At first I thought it would look tacky but it actually looks great! It was my wife's idea! So far we have had very few weeds grow through.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 29, 2014
Low and even zero maintenance landscaping does not mean you have to do hardscapes. My two favorite words in landscaping are: food forest. That's right, here in South Florida there are numerous options for growing low maintenance plants and food forests are a way of gardening which allow tropical plants (mostly edible ones) to coexist in a landscape design that is closer to nature.

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 :-)

Happy landscaping!

Denice Copeland
(305) 905-9755
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 28, 2014
We recently put a dessert style berm in at our house. It has rocks and sand with a few cactus. It actually looks really good! We have to weed the sand every once in a while but that is it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
We recently put a dessert style berm in at our house. It has rocks and sand with a few cactus. It actually looks really good! We have to weed the sand every once in a while but that is it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
We recently put a dessert style berm in at our house. It has rocks and sand with a few cactus. It actually looks really good! We have to weed the sand every once in a while but that is it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
Anything that grows is going to require maintenance. You could go with rock designs those don't have to be maintained. Any type of grass, bush, tree or pond in the yard would generally require some form of maintenance though. There are ways to have those things and only have to worry about a little bit of maintenance, but I don't think there is a way to have zero maintenance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 23, 2014
Ha! A very timely question indeed for me. I'm in the process of letting everything that lives stay and letting everything that needs watering on a regular basis die out. I live in North San Diego County in what has been considered the "Banana Belt" region for the past 35 years.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 7, 2014
Just a few ideas:

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,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 29, 2014
I am big fan of rock gardens. My neighbor tore out his entire backyard and filled it with decorative stones. He never has to mow his lawn, and he saves a bundle on irrigation expenses. This is a serious consideration for us because we live in the desert.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 26, 2014
Well, the traditional method in Miami has been to concrete the entire yard, but I really don't think that's too attractive. I'm actually a fan of the new artificial grass. If you want to see it in action, check out Wynwood kitchen. It's not cheap to install, but you'll save over time in reduced water, mowing, etc.

And yes, artificial grass is actually environmentally friendly because of the reduced resource use over time.

Ann Ryan
Keyes Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 20, 2014
The best landscape curbing company that I found was All About Curb in Utah. They offer a bunch of different types of curbing styles and colors. Their costs are very competitive.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2014
I have the same question so I came here to see the suggestions. I really like a lot of the suggestions and I've never thought of many of them. I'm one who likes having a lot of grass but also want to mix it up a little with some landscaping.

Will Jenkins |
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2014
Hi Sheena. If you have a large lot it becomes time consuming. I know especially in the summer overgrown and weeds everywhere. Xeriscaping which is using native plants since they have water requirements and provide food and shelter to native wildlife as well. Visit national wildlife federation http://(, www., and Florida for Native Plants where you can plan what plants, where according to your geographic area, soil, wildlife desired,etc. at Hope this helps. Enjoy designing your backyard!
Jackie Nurse
Real living Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2014
It's called Xeriscape. Refer to the South Florida Water Management web page. They have info on Xeriscaping or Florida's Landscape. Good Luck.

Green Certified Realtor
Metro1 Properties
13 year veteran
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 28, 2013
Not sure how question is related to Real Estate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 9, 2013
I believe the question is more suitable for a Landscaping Professional/Contractor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
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