I'm not very good about keeping up with things that require periodic maintenance. That's one of the reasons why I don't have a big lawn in my yard. I'm as likely as not to forget about fertilizing a lawn. Sure, I could always go the compost route, but that has its own drawbacks for the lazy (you have to make that black gold, unless you're willing to shell out big bucks to purchase sufficient amounts at the store).
Mowing the lawn on a regular basis isn't my cup of tea, either. If the weather's fine when the weekend rolls in, I may want to hit the bike trail or strap the kayak to the car and go paddling. I'm not about to let the fact that the lawn needs mowing stop me.
So what landscape maintenance tasks do not bother me? Well, I don't mind pruning shrubs. Many need a trimming just once per year, after they've finished blooming. I can handle that. Pruning is actually kind of interesting, too: I like having to make the decision as to exactly which sequence of cuts will result in giving the shrub its optimal shape.
In sum, I don't mind performing a little landscape maintenance in my yard, but only if the tasks involved don't need to be performed often and/or don't bore me to death. That helps explain why there's something else I don't have in my yard: a swimming pool. A lot can go wrong if you fail to perform regular maintenance on a swimming pool.
Those of you who do own swimming pools will want to see this video for instructional purposes. As for me, I'll be doing my swimming at the beach, thank you.
Related resource: Swimming Pool Landscaping