Not everyone has the time or physical ability to take care of a large yard, but there are ways you can care for your property and enjoy doing so without a lot of labor. Read on for tips on how to reduce the amount of work you do in your yard.


Watering, mowing, aerating, and fertilizing — maintaining a lawn can be a lot of work. One way to reduce the amount of work you put into maintaining your lawn is to hire a lawn care services company to do the mowing, edging, and fertilizing for you. A lawn care services company can do as much or as little as you want them to. So if there are some aspects of lawn maintenance you enjoy and have time for, keep doing that part and hire out for the parts you don't like. 

Flower Beds

The two most labor-intensive and time-consuming flower bed care tasks are weeding and yearly or twice-yearly mulching. Luckily, there are ways to cut down on the time you spend on both tasks. To reduce the amount of time you spend weeding, don't let weed seeds get the things they need to grow. Try not to disturb the soil in your flower beds. Turning the soil brings weed seeds to the surface, giving them the air and light they need to sprout. When you're planting new plants, only dig where you're planting. There's no need to dig up the whole bed. Before mulching the flower bed, put down five or six layers of newspaper. Wet them as you place them so they don't blow away, and then cover them with a layer of mulch. The newspaper will biodegrade to enrich the soil over time, and will prevent weeds from sprouting up through the mulch. If you want to eliminate the mulching step from your flower bed care, consider encouraging ground cover growth. A ground cover will choke out weeds and a thick cover will eliminate the need for mulching.   

Vegetable Gardens

Growing vegetables is a rewarding hobby, but it can be time consuming, and for people with poor mobility, bending over the beds can be difficult. To continue this hobby without a lot of effort, consider investing in raised beds on stilts. These raised beds can be waist high and allow the gardener to sit while gardening or garden without bending over. Raised beds also involve less weeding because they're filled with bagged potting soil instead of weed-seed-filled soil from the ground.