Simple Ways to Brighten Up Your Backyard
The backyard: that thing you have to mow every now and then. It might be drab, it might be overgrown, or it might just be plain unsightly. You’ve been meaning to brighten it up, but don’t know where to start, right? Brightening up your backyard needn’t be a difficult task. On the contrary, with some knowhow, a weekend and even a light green thumb, you’ll have your backyard looking lively in no time. So where’s a reluctant gardener to start? Check out these ideas to brighten your backyard today.
Improve the Grass
Your grass is the carpet of your backyard. It ties the place together and connects each element of your yard. Does your grass ‘connect the dots’ properly or are there off-colour patches, weeds or dirt littering your yard? Your yard can have amazing features, but if the grass is not what it should be, you’re really doing yourself a disservice. Turfing experts, such as Hancey’s Turf, can really give you some great tips on getting the best grass for your yard. To check out what they can do to help you cultivate a beautiful lawn visit their website.
Flowers can be beautiful, but you should change them on a semi-regular basis. Most flowers are seasonal – you’ll find many will only last a year or, in some situations, even a season. Seedlings aren’t expensive though, so you just need some effort and motivation. Buy and plant them early in spring for a summer of beautiful colour this year!
Water features such as fountains, bird baths or small ponds bring with them a certain feeling of serenity in any garden. Depending on your budget you can transform a small corner of the garden or a large area with a sizeable water feature to makes a big statement.
Many people are now choosing organic sources for their food, and rightly so. We need to be looking after this planet of ours – it’s the only one with coffee! Jokes aside, both potted and planted herbs are very easy to maintain, they make your garden smell simply beautiful and, as any chef will attest, nothing improves the flavour of a meal better than fresh herbs. As they are not flowering, herbs will usually grow all year around. For the beginner, why not try some of the basics: basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
Say what? You in the garden? It’s true! A garden without people is like the Mona Lisa without adoring fans. You grow a garden to enjoy it, so that you can sip your morning coffee, overlooking the fresh dew on the leaves. You have a beautiful lawn to enjoy and a nice space for the kids and the grandkids to play outdoors. You grow a harvest of herbs to breathe in Mother Nature’s goodness every day. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself in your yard and brighten it up!
Should your backyard be on the cover of home and lifestyle magazines? Is your backyard the envy of the neighbourhood? What tips can you give the novice gardener to brighten their yard? Maybe you’re looking to brighten your yard. If so, have you found these tips helpful, or have they given you some direction on how to tackle that backyard project? Share your ideas or results in the comments below.
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