Summer is here in full force, and your plants are ready to grow! Are you prepared for yard work? Do you have what you need? Is your yard at the point you’ve always wanted it? Where can you improve? Let’s get our hands dirty and come up with some exciting projects this month!
How Can You Improve The Space?
An excellent way to go about this is to walk through your yard and take photos of areas that you dislike or find monotonous. Start asking yourself, “What makes these areas monotonous?”. After you find some answers, the next question is, “What can I do to make them awesome?”. These questions will start your creative juices flowing so that you can easily find better solutions.
Start to look online for some inspiration from other people and see what they did. This is a brilliant way to get more familiar with your vision of the yard you want. You now have photos of the areas you like less, so be sure to use those for reference and start picturing fresh new ways to innovate the landscape. Oh, and remember to have fun!
What Yard Projects Are There?
Sometimes people don’t know where to start when landscaping or even what constitutes landscaping! This can feel overwhelming, but have faith, it doesn’t have to be so complicated, so let’s go over some simple landscaping ideas you can do now!
Flower bed border. This is a super simple idea that adds a lot of life to your existing flower bed. Start putting a stone of your choice around your flower bed and Voilà, and you now have a flower bed that looks 10x more appealing. This also saves a lot of money, and you might even be able to start this today!
Hiding your AC unit. This takes a little more work, but all you need is some wood and nails and start hammering your planks together to create a box around your AC unit. Leave some cracks and plenty of space between the wood and the AC to not affect its functioning.
Garden hose home. Similar to the AC unit, build your hose a beautiful little home for it to live in. This hides it while also adding some aesthetic to your yard.
Create a path. If you have any areas where people often travel, it might be a good idea to create away. This can be with stone, concrete, or anything else creative people can step on.
Let there be light. Add some lights creatively around your yard, highlighting things you want to show off to others.
Retaining wall. Adding a retaining wall is excellent for your plants, look great, and help prevent erosion!
Rock it! Add some rocks of different colors and shapes to your flower beds or retaining walls to add a little life and authenticity.
Clean up. Sometimes the most straightforward renovation is to clean up the mess that’s there. Power wash anything you can and pull any weeds you see, and you will drastically improve your yard’s look.
Be sure to buy some temporary spray paint if you’re having difficulty deciding where things should go. With the spray paint, you can mark out how big you want areas to be and how much room you’ll have after.
How Can You Maintain Your Yard?
After creating your dream yard, it’s time to maintain it. There are some widespread landscaping issues people run into that can easily be fixed.
Patchy grass. Start by aerating compacted soil, then spread seed and topsoil.
Shade. The grass underneath shade tends to be thinner and less green and can even not grow. Be sure to take into account how much sunlight spots are getting before making significant plans.
Just a trim. Regularly cut your grass, but be sure not to cut it too low. Cutting the grass too small stresses the grass out and can make it look a lot less appealing. Go to the highest setting you can when mowing.
Water. Water once or twice a week and water well. Make sure your plants are getting the right amount by looking up online their specific needs.
Food. Twice a year, you should resupply your plants with some new delicious soil for them. Oh, and it’s not a bad idea to test the PH of your land.