How to Convert Your Patio to a Low-Maintenance Design

Posted on: 15 June 2015

When you want a beautiful patio space to enjoy throughout the year with as little maintenance as possible, you may need to make some adjustments to your current configuration. Patio areas offer the versatility and beauty that can be appreciated by almost any homeowner. But because it takes work to keep wood looking new, plants healthy, and accents up-to-date, you should consider how you can incorporate a low-maintenance design into your home patio, so you can actually enjoy it year after year.

Keep Foundations Simple

Though ripping out an old wooden deck and replacing it with hardscaping may be a shocking change and sizable investment, changing the core of your patio configuration is necessary to create a low-maintenance design. Wooden decking is beautiful, but it has to be stained annually and sealed at least twice a year to be optimally protected from the damaging effects of all weather extremes.

Options for creating a low-maintenance patio area include rough aggregates, like sand or gravel, and pavers. Though sand and gravel offer the lowest maintenance of the three, you won't get the comfort you may be craving for barefoot activity if you choose gravel and you can expect sand to be tracked indoors, regardless of how diligent your efforts are to keep it away.

Consider updating the core foundation of your patio with pavers, for a stunning, comfortable, and low-maintenance result you can personalize through patterns. Pavers only require sealing every couple of years, and less often for areas that don't endure vehicular traffic. And though re-sanding is another necessity for keeping pavers stabilized, this only needs to be done as-needed and can be easily performed in minutes by any homeowner with a hose and a broom.

Convert Your Landscaping Elements

The annuals you plant yearly and the lush vegetation that adorns your patio areas offer the color you love to love all summer, but converting to drought tolerant plants may offer advantages you hadn't considered. Consider installing low-maintenance vine plants that offer both shade and color onto pergolas or lattice, like bleeding heart or passion flowers, as well as succulents that offer soft, lush texture without the need for constant watering. You have to do a little research into the best plants for your zone and you should always plant in areas that can accommodate the plants' needs best. But once you install plants around patio areas that don't require constant care and watering, you can sit back and enjoy your patio space instead of on working it. For more information on patio options, consult a professional.

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