By Margarita Nakhatakian
When the winter is almost over, and the spring is yet to come, it is only natural to start thinking about original and beautiful landscaping ideas for the upcoming spring and summer seasons that will give a new breath to your garden. With the best landscaping ideas in mind, you can add warmth, texture, colors to your outdoors and make it a fantastic place to relax and have guests over.
There are many beautiful ways to improve your backyard. From planting beautiful flowers to turning your garden into a multipurpose location, here are timely secrets to a beautiful garden:
Lawn and Garden Care
As you gear up for spring, the first thing to start with is clearing off your lawn. This is the time to thatch the lawn and give it a comb-over. Remove all dead leaves, branches, and sticks to prevent decayed spots on your grass.
If the temperature is lower than 40 °F (5 °C), avoid sowing grass seeds. Too much cold can harm the grass and stall growth. If you plan to work with a landscaper, let them know if you recently seeded the grass. This way, they can decide on the best fertilizer to use. Without a landscaper, you can also search for well-researched product recommendations to care for your lawn on your own as you wait for the grass to grow.
Check your planters to see if there are any damages caused over the winter. You can do a bit of weeding as you add compost to facilitate regrowth. Rake out any winter decay and debris from your flower beds before bulbs and blooms start popping up.
Before it is full spring, ensure you mulch your garden. This ensures you can work freely without worrying about blooming flowers.
Multi-use Garden Ideas
Apart from turning your backyard into a flower and plant haven, you can also turn it into a cozy multipurpose outdoor space where you can include a gazebo, an outdoor fireplace, an entertainment space, a kitchen garden, and even a meditation area.
Transformed Concrete Pathways
You can also transform the hard concrete slab into a unique garden path to give your footpath a different and unique look. Have you ever thought about it?
Not only it will look modern, but also very welcoming and inviting. Just imagine what first impression your guests will get from it.
Outdoor Dining Area
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining. You can set up an outdoor dining area with enough room for your family or guests. For smaller outdoor spaces, you can choose bench-dining sets instead of chairs. The benches can easily be slotted under the table when not used to leave enough room to walk around the garden.
Multifunctional Fire Pits
As the weather gets colder, we prefer to gather indoors, but that does not have to be our only option. Creating an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit (depending on the size of your backyard) will be one of the perfect ways to make the most out of your outdoor space, as the warmth of it will bring your family and friends together to enjoy cozy outdoor evenings.
There is only one question: a fireplace or a fire pit? When deciding between the two, there are several considerations to consider: the scale, venue, safety, etc. Although your personal style can be special, consider each of these factors in a broad sense to decide.
Include a Water Feature
With an in ground or above ground pool, a water feature is one of the best ways to beautify a garden space. You can choose between waterfall combined with bridges if you have space or go for standalone water fountains for smaller gardens.
There is something soothing about the sound of flowing water in an outdoor space. You can illuminate the water feature to give water fountains a glow after the darkness will come.
Consider Having Hanging Plants in Your Backyard
Hanging plants and flowers will be another innovation to your background. It will be another way to add colors to your backyard or patio. They will boost your mood, fill the space, etc.
Even if you are a newbie at gardening, you can easily prepare a pot to hang flowers and other greenery. Just use cord, wood and a pot or metal bowl for planting, and that is it.
Pet Friendly Backyard
Having a furry friend happily playing in the backyard—is a dream for a dog owner! It will take you more than sending your dog backyard for playing. You must ensure that you provide a safe and “pawfect” solution for your furry friend to play in.
First, make sure you have a non-hazardous fence, so if the dog tries to jump out, it will do no harm. Also, always keep only edible plants. Another essential is the fresh water, especially if your dog is a swim lover. You can also add extra features to your backyard, such as tunnels, outdoor playgrounds, etc.
Consider Urban Gardening
If you live in the city, it is still possible to enjoy an outdoor garden with all your favorite plants, foods or flowers. To transform this idea into a reality, you can use old tires, shoes, kiddie pools, window boxes, watering cans, containers and unused buckets to create a small garden items for growing crops, plants, flowers or fruits: just use your imagination!
With an urban garden, you can quickly grow greenery and save on the cost of having to buy fresh product from the market. It is also a fantastic way of creating environmental awareness by reducing the carbon footprint. You can easily transform your balcony or rooftop into a beautiful outdoor space where you can relax or entertain even in the absence of a backyard.
We hope that after reading the article, you will now have a better understanding of how to redecorate or redesign your backyard so that you could enjoy it no matter if you will be alone or it will be a small and cozy party for a few.
If you want to be serious about this craft, consider taking a Landscape Design Course.