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When planning your landscape, anything that can be done in the design to reduce time and effort it takes to keep it looking neat is good. Hedges should be low enough to allow for easy trimming, planting beds should be narrow enough to reach into for efficient weeding, perennial and rock gardens should not be larger than the available help can handle. As an aid to maintenance, consider hard surfaced paths throughout the garden area which will make it much easier to run a wheel barrow or garden cart.