Mulch, mulch and more mulchLandscaped areas that have flowers, shrubs or even edible plants, benefit greatly from mulch, which is any substance that can be spread over the soil as a covering. Mulch might be organic (wood chips, pine straw, lawn clippings or shredded leaves), inorganic (crushed lava rock or small stones) or a combination of materials. Not only will mulch significantly decrease the need for weeding, it also allows the soil to retain moisture and remain cooler on hot days, which will help plants thrive.
Plant more shrubsWhen expanding your landscaping, aim for plants that aren’t fussy when it comes to maintenance. For example, think flowering bushes instead of roses. Larger plants, like shrubs, can help create visual interest and also prevent some erosion, especially along hillsides. And if you choose slow-growing options, like Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce or varieties of laurel, you won’t spend much time cutting them back.
Get a little wildTake a cue from nature and allow untamed areas, particularly patches filled with wildflowers, to flourish. By planting native grasses and spreading some flower seeds, you can create a haven for pollinators, like butterflies and honeybees, while ensuring that you don’t have to do much to keep it looking great.
Install the right walkwaysRounded rock pathways or raised borders might be pretty, but when it comes to mowing around them, it can feel like a chore to go back with a weed whip or an edger. Flat walkways — like flagstones or wood planks embedded at or slightly below lawn level — that you can mow over might not be as manicured in appearance, but they can be attractive, functional and easier to care for.
Simple, affordable strategies that are focused on making your property more self-sufficient means you’ll spend far less time taking care of your log home’s landscape, giving you far more time to enjoy it.