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When it comes to decorating your yard, most people focus on the backyard, though only their friends and family see this space. Your front yard shouldn’t be neglected, especially if you want to fit in with neighboring homes. To get started, here are some low-maintenance landscaping ideas and decorating hacks to set up a tasteful front yard that complements your home as well as the homes of neighbors on your block.

Use Potted Plants

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - potted plants

Get it on Tophatter for around $16

For those who want dashes of various colors around the yard, potted plants offer a simple solution. They’re easy to maintain and move around and they can be coordinated with flowers according to season. If you like the idea of potted plants but aren’t too crazy about mixing colors, stick with low-maintenance plants like perennials and shrubs, which don’t need to be weeded or watered much. And if cost is an issue, be sure to buy new plants instead of fully-grown plants, as new plants cost less. While it may take more time for them to thrive, you’ll likely feel a sense of satisfaction watching them grow.

Collect Rain

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - rain barrel

Get it on Tophatter for around $105

Using a rainwater collector is an eco-friendly hack that makes yard maintenance a breeze. And you don’t have to sacrifice style. Choose a rain barrel in green or brown that blends in with the yard and can easily fit under a downspout. Use the rainwater for vegetable gardens, planter beds, or even for cleaning around the house. The barrel easily connects to a garden hose for instant watering around the yard.

Invest in Mulch

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - mulch

Get it on Amazon for around $11

Much easier to maintain than grass, which needs constant cutting and watering, mulch looks great and is extremely low-maintenance. In addition to maintaining moisture in the soil, inhibiting weed growth, and fertilizing plants, mulch is inexpensive, smells great, and usually only needs to be replaced once a year.

Plant Lavender

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - lavender

Get it on Amazon for around $12

Aside from its gorgeous purple hue and pleasant aroma, lavender is one of the most low-maintenance landscaping plants because it only needs to be watered once or twice a week. And this is only the case if you don’t live in an area that  occasionally receives rain. Lavender also has a reputation for being incredibly easy to grow.

Make it Cozy

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - outdoor chairs and table set

Get it on Tophatter for around $270

Designate a place in your front yard to transform into a welcoming oasis, complete with an outdoor table and chairs. Why have breakfast at your kitchen table when you can have it in the sunshine? Be sure to get a table and chairs that can withstand the elements and are lightweight to ensure an easy move if needed. Consider draping fairy lights around the yard for a magical look at night.

Keep a Clean Yard

low-maintenance landscaping ideas - electric leaf blower and vacuum

Get it on Tophatter for around $74

Even if you invest very little in new plants or lawn furniture, make a commitment to keeping a clean yard. An electric leaf blower and vacuum will help you clean up leaves in the fall, as well as snow, dust and debris. Your neighbors will appreciate that you’re keeping your lawn tidy, so long as you don’t blow leaves their way.

Upgrade your front lawn with these items:

  1. Potted plants
  2. Rain barrel
  3. Garden hose
  4. Mulch
  5. Plant lavender
  6. Outdoor table and chairs
  7. Electric leaf blower and vacuum

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.

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