5 Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Landscape in the Panhandle 

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American Landscaping & Design
Published on
April 7, 2023

Maintaining a lush and beautiful landscape in the Panhandle can be a daunting task, especially if you're constantly battling the hot and dry climate. However, with the right strategies, it's possible to create a low-maintenance landscape that still looks stunning all year round. In this blog, we'll share five tips for creating a low-maintenance landscape in the Panhandle. From choosing the right plants to installing an irrigation system and grouping plants by water needs, we'll cover everything you need to know to keep your landscape looking beautiful with minimal effort. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a novice, these tips will help you achieve the low-maintenance landscape of your dreams.

1: Choosing the Right Plants

Choosing the right plants is crucial for creating a low-maintenance landscape in the Panhandle. Native plants are particularly well-suited to this region, as they have evolved to thrive in the local climate and soil conditions. These plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides than non-native plants, which means less maintenance for you. Native plants are also more resistant to pests and diseases, which can save you time and money on treatments. Additionally, native plants provide important habitat and food for local wildlife, making them a great choice for a sustainable and eco-friendly landscape. By selecting the right plants for your landscape, you can reduce maintenance and create a beautiful and sustainable garden that requires minimal effort.

Some native plants that are well-suited to the Texas Panhandle region:

  • Purple Coneflower 
  • Prairie Coneflower 
  • Black-eyed Susan 
  • Plains Coreopsis
  • Indian Blanket
  • Maximilian Sunflower
  • Blue Grama Grass
  • Big Bluestem
  • Little Bluestem
  • Switchgrass

These plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions of the Panhandle, which means they require less water, fertilizer, and maintenance than non-native plants. 

2: Install an Irrigation System

In the Texas Panhandle, water is a precious resource, and using it wisely is essential. Installing an automatic irrigation system can help you conserve water and save time and money in the long run. A well-designed system will deliver water directly to your plants' roots, which means less water waste and a healthier landscape. Additionally, an automatic system can be programmed to water your landscape at optimal times, such as early in the morning or late at night, when water evaporation is minimal. This can help you further reduce your water consumption and save money on your water bills. By installing an irrigation system, you can take the guesswork out of watering your landscape and enjoy a healthier and more low-maintenance garden.

3: Group Plants by Water Needs

Grouping plants by water needs is an effective way to simplify irrigation and conserve water in your landscape. By placing plants with similar water requirements together, you can tailor your watering schedule to specific areas of your garden, which can save you time and effort in the long run. Drought-tolerant plants like agave, yucca, and Texas sage are great choices for sunny, well-drained areas, while ferns and hostas are better suited to shady, moist areas. By grouping these plants together, you can water them appropriately and avoid over-watering or under-watering certain plants. This can help you conserve water and create a more low-maintenance landscape that still looks beautiful all year round.

4: Use Low Maintenance Materials

Using low-maintenance materials is another key strategy for creating a low-maintenance landscape in the Texas Panhandle. Materials like stone, metal, or composite decking are durable and require little upkeep compared to organic materials like wood. These materials are resistant to weather, pests, and decay, which means they'll last longer and require less maintenance over time. Additionally, using mulch or gravel to cover bare soil areas can help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds, which can reduce the need for watering and weeding. By choosing low-maintenance materials for your landscape design, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that requires minimal effort to maintain.

5: Maintain Your Landscape Regularly

While the strategies mentioned earlier can help reduce the amount of maintenance your landscape requires, regular upkeep is still essential for keeping your garden healthy and beautiful. This includes tasks like pruning, fertilizing, and monitoring for pests and diseases. Regular pruning helps keep plants in shape and prevents them from overgrowing or becoming too dense, while fertilizing provides essential nutrients that help plants grow strong and healthy. Monitoring for pests and diseases is also important, as catching problems early can help prevent them from spreading and causing damage to your garden. By performing regular maintenance tasks, you can keep your landscape healthy and thriving, while minimizing the need for more intensive and costly repairs down the line.


Creating a low-maintenance landscape in the Texas Panhandle doesn't have to be a daunting task. By incorporating these five tips, you can create an outdoor space that looks beautiful year-round, while minimizing the amount of time and effort required to maintain it. Choosing the right plants, installing an irrigation system, grouping plants by water needs, using low-maintenance materials, and performing regular maintenance tasks are all essential strategies for achieving a low-maintenance landscape. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that requires minimal effort to maintain, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy your garden.

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