Love summer but hate mowing? Consider reducing the lawn space in your yard.
"Lawns take a lot of work," Primeau says. "They also use a lot of water." And homeowners "try to make it look like a golf course, and that's a lot of stress," she adds.
Large expanses of lawn also aren't that visually interesting, and often don't add much to curb appeal.
For a simple approach, establish (or extend) planting borders around walkways, patios, decks, trees or the footprint of your home. Select native plants (or their hybridized versions), so that you don't have to spend much water or time, Primeau says. Perennials will come back next year, reducing the cost of new plants.
For a lush green that requires zero care, try meadow grasses or -- if you need something low and green -- fast-growing ground cover.
Don't be afraid to personalize your yard with outdoor living spaces, Primeau says. Create a small Zen garden or meditation area with pea gravel. Or, craft a cozy relaxation space with some seating and a water feature or birdhouse, paving stones and some low-growing ground cover.