When you have a busy schedule, it can be such a task to have to maintain your lawn. But worry not, because we have two tips to help you achieve a low-maintenance lawn.

The first is to use native plants found in Pennsylvania, and the second is to use ground covers like mulch and rock. Both offer so many benefits that allow property owners to have a beautiful lawn that will surely up the value of their homes without having to spend too much time on lawn care and maintenance.

Read on to learn how to make landscaping made easy.


Using native plants will reduce the need for fertilization.

One of the best decisions property owners can make is to use native plants for their lawns. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, native plants by definition are those that have been in a certain environment even before European colonization. What makes them low-maintenance? Because they have already adapted to the area, native plants no longer require much fertilization or even water. Not only that, but they are also able to easily tolerate the varying temperatures in the area, whether hot or cold.

Native plants also serve as food for birds and can easily attract pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. For those who are not sure what plants they can add, here are some of our suggestions.

  • Columbine - This beautiful perennial comes from the buttercup family and it can grow up to 2 feet tall. The red and yellow flowers bloom from April to June and would do well in sun to part shade.
  • Butterfly weed - With its small, bright orange flowers that attract the majestic monarch butterfly, it's no wonder it won the title of Perennial of the Year in 2017. It grows really well in a dry soil condition with full sun exposure. A fun fact - the roots of the butterfly weeds were once used to treat various pulmonary diseases.
  • Blue wild indigo - Add this if you want a touch of blue and purple on your low-maintenance lawn. Then, come late fall, these flowers will take on more of a silver-gray color.
  • Joe-pye weed - Also known as trumpetweed, Joe-pye weed has a pinkish-lavender colored flower and the plant can grow up to a whopping 7 feet. Don't let the word "weed" confuse you - Joe-pye weed flowers are, in fact, native to the Washington, PA area and won't steal nutrients from your other plants! Joe-pye weeds like wet to moist soil and can tolerate sun to partial shade. They are also very attractive to butterflies.
  • Beebalm - Beebalm is also called wild bergamot and it is actually used by many to make mint tea! Its flowers can be white, pink, or lavender.

Using ground covers such as mulch and rocks will insulate the soil and roots.

Ground covers like mulch and rock are not just added to lawns for aesthetics, they can also benefit your lawn in other ways. By adding a layer of mulch to your lawn, homeowners are also adding another layer of protection against weeds. Not only that, but they can also help retain moisture and insulate the soil and the roots.

River gravel, cypress mulch, and hardwood mulch are examples of popular ground covers.


Ready to have your own low-maintenance lawn? Call (724) 350-1351 today.

A low-maintenance lawn does not mean that you just dump some mulch and native plants on your lawn and call it a day. If you have never done this before, mistakes might be made that will cause damage to your property. Getting the help of professionals will ensure that no mistakes are made and your lawn will be beautiful and healthy.

Dolan's Outdoor Services offers landscape design and installation services for residential and commercial properties in Washington, Waynesburg, and McMurray, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. We will help you choose the ground covering and native plants that will bring out your landscape's best qualities. Contact our team today at (724) 350-1351 so that we can give you a quote for your project.