The only way to effectively reduce the amount of lawn maintenance you’re currently performing, is to ensure you’re taking the steps to eliminate the major problems.
Take care of those weeds!
Applying specific treatments and using an effective weed control program can really help your lawn to thrive with grass, not an overwhelming number of weeds. Thick, desireable grass is usually in a homeowner’s reach, they just need to understand how to get there.
Re-thinking (and reducing) your landscape.
Have you considered the fact that a big lawn might just not be ideal for you on your current property? Trending recently are large patios with plenty of landscaped stone, shrubs, plants, and furniture to match. Reducing unused space makes it convenient for some home owners who are no longer bound to spending all of their time mowing or detailing, they can spend it enjoying the space with little maintenance. This is something that requires lots of planning beforehand, so if you’re interested, start working with a designer right away!
Use native-to-your-area plants – go natural!
It’s a challenging task to maintain a tropical tree in a northern atmosphere. Are the plants you’re investing in used to growing in your local climate? If you’re more into the picturesque idea of a lawn instead of being in it, you might even consider letting your lawn grow into a natural area. (Check to see if your city is okay with this, most have codes against a certain grass length.)