Enhance Your Backyard This Summer With A Few Easy Landscaping Ideas

We’re finally approaching that glorious time of the year where the temperatures are heating up and the daylight extends well past 6pm. Say it with me, summertime! Before you know it, the summer months will be greeting you with plenty of outside activities such as bike riding, backyard bbq(s), and a lot more water related events that just weren’t possible in the previous months. But before we get ahead of ourselves, ask yourself this one question: are you ready? How about your backyard? Is it ready to host that cookout you’ve been promising your friends and family since Thanksgiving?

If the answer is “no”, no need to panic. With a little creativity, backyard landscaping can be fun, easy and you can do-it-yourself. Here are a few helpful landscaping tips that can help turn your backyard into an inviting oasis of beauty and elegance.

Grow Dahlias

Dahlias are known for bringing any garden to life due to their strong bright colors and lively appearance. They thrive in sunny hot days and grow well in composite soil. They’re also very sturdy and maintain their vigor throughout every season(except below freezing temperatures).

Although dahlias are well-balanced, you want to distribute them throughout your garden with other tall plants to support their weight and to make sure that they don’t flop. Because dahlia stems are quite long, plant them with a variety of perennials and ornamental grasses near the back or center of your garden borders. If you decide to plant them shorter, mix them with shorter perennials and annuals.

Plant Perennials

Perennials are like the autopilot of flowers. Once you plant them, they will continue to produce for years. And the results are beautiful foliage and flowers that can stand up to winter weather and thrive in the spring and summer months.

With a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures to choose from(such as Salvia, Milkweed, Coneflower and Agastache), you can plant perennials anywhere. Plant at least 50 single species and experiment with different combinations and contrasts of swaths of grasses and perennials. This will make your backyard look more natural in appearance. Just maintain their pruning, and choose which perennials go best with your garden. With perennials, there’s really no wrong way to go.

Lemongrass

Herbs are a great way to enhance your backyard, especially if you implement lemongrass. Lemongrass should be planted in pots, preferably closer to your house or along the side of your patio. Also, planting lemongrass in pots around the borders of you backyard are great way to keep mosquitos away. If you decide to mix them with other plants, create a landscaping bed specifically for lemongrass, that way they don’t end up taking over your garden.

Grow Vegetables

If wanna take your landscaping project to another level, growing vegetables are a great way to spruce up your backyard. Not to mention, you get to eat what you grow!

Growing vegetables require an everyday watering schedule. To maximize your vegetable garden, keep your short season vegetables together and plant longer season together; so when the short season vegetables die off, you can plant more vegetables on top of them. This will keep your veggie garden yielding all summer.

Add More Lights

One thing about having a lovely backyard is being able to look at it, especially at night. A good source of lighting adds just the right touch of style and glow to any regular backyard. Also with lights, you have several options to choose from.

String lights and lanterns are best for creating extra lighting for glow and reducing shadows, while
spotlighting and small lights go great with patios or walkways. Small lights and spotlighting also help if you’re looking to add more shadows and brighter light patches. Just think of extra lighting as the finishing touches to your backyard, or as a gift to yourself and your backyard for the all landscaping improvements you’ve made for the summer.

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