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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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Jenny Arias May’s answer
It's called Xeriscape. Refer to the South Florida Water Management web page. They have info on Xeriscaping or Florida's Landscape. Good Luck.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 28, 2013
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
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.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
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
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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