Homeowners envy properties with large yards because there’s a lot of potentials there. However, do you know that large properties are as much of a problem as smaller ones are? If you think expanding your small space is difficult, think again about maintaining a large yard. With so much land area to cover, most people do not have the time, money, and resources to take care of it. The yard ends up looking unkempt and neglected. Most owners of big lands tend to downsize and move to smaller properties because of the cost of maintaining such large yards.
Find a Way to Visit the Whole Yard Every Day
You need to find a way to see the yard every day, even for just 30 minutes. Make time to see what’s causing its problems. Do this early in the morning or late in the afternoon. These are the best times to go around the yard. If your property is too large that it’s hard to see the edge of it, get a Cricket golf car. It’s an expensive but reliable and almost practical way to monitor your entire property.
Most of all, if you’ve been wanting to play golf, you hit two birds with one stone/. Consider that your best option so you can reach the parts of the yard that you haven’t seen in months (and sometimes, years). To take care of a yard as large as yours, the most important thing is to have easy access to it every day. Driving a golf cart around it seems to be the most practical choice.
Install a Large Patio
Again, this isn’t the most affordable option to manage a large yard. It is, however, the easiest way to do it. When you cover the yard with a patio or a deck, that will reduce the size of the empty lawn that you have to take care of. You can easily convert an unattractive lawn into something that’s functional for entertaining guests and holding a party.
You have two options for a large yard: a paving stone patio or stamped concrete. The latter is a more attractive option, but the repairs are expensive. If you want to keep the cost down, you better go for the stone patio because you can easily fix damages that occur.
Create Multiple Outdoor Areas
You already have a large patio, but you still have this massive empty lawn before you. Think about what activities you like to do—entertaining, sports, gardening, etc. You don’t have to create all these spaces at once. Take it one at a time or as much as your budget allows for it.
It’s easier to focus on one project and move on to the next one after the initial project is done. For example, you can create reading nooks, a half-court for basketball, a tennis court, a privacy hedge for small gatherings, and a large area where you can organize a party. Some other ideas are a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen or dining area, an outdoor movie theater, a pergola, and a meditation deck.
Go for Artificial Grass
Do you want a huge, lush lawn but don’t know how to maintain that? Well, worry no more because you can install artificial grass turf. It’s a low-cost way to have a green lawn without needing to pay for the huge water bill that comes with its maintenance. Artificial turf will look like natural grass. It feels the same, too; sometimes, even better. You won’t have to worry about watering, weeds, brown spots, mud, and wet grass blades.
Artificial turf is also dog- and kid-friendly, so you can rest knowing your kids and pets are safe while running around the lawn. Sure, the upfront cost may be astronomical at first, but it will pay off in the long run. This kind of lawn requires very little maintenance to keep it looking fresh all year long.
Xeriscaping is a landscaping term that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation. It means designing the garden or lawn by using drought-tolerant plants. Many people think xeriscaping is devoid of color and life, and that it makes yards look dead and barren. That is not true.
Drought-tolerant plants also come in vibrant colors, textures, and features. They can be warm and welcoming, too, if you know what plants to choose. Talk with an expert on xeriscaping if this is something you are willing to do for your yard.
Whether you have a small or large yard, it’s hard to maintain its attractiveness if you don’t give it time. Maintenance is not always about money, but it’s always about giving something the time of day. Consider this when you are in the process of planning what to do with your large yard.