We bought a new home a couple of years ago and the yard’s potential was one of my favorite things about the property. Although it’s relatively small compared to what I was hoping to buy, it is enough room for the children to play and for me to enjoy a fire, garden, and relaxation.
We live in an area that gets hit pretty hard with all four seasons. In the winter, it can be way below freezing with snow and ice and although the kids use the yard for snowmen, snow angels, making hills for sledding, and other snow-related play time favorites, I don’t go out much. As soon as spring hits in March, however, I’m outside working on the garden, making sure our flowers are growing, and enjoying our yard. During the summer, we basically live outside. Although temperatures may be well over 100° Fahrenheit, we are still outside, especially in the evenings. Last year we bought a fire pit and made all of the neighbor’s yards smell like smoke almost every night. I am sure they did not like it but we sure enjoyed the fire: roasting marshmallows, roasting hot dogs, camp outs in the backyard, and we would bring out our television and watch movies by the fire. By fall, we really have not changed much and we are still outside enjoying every part of our yard. I am also cleaning up the mess of leaves and the mess the garden has left. Least to say, we are a family that uses our yard just as much as our house nine months out of the year.
However, because we more recently bought this home and property, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to it and because we live outside for almost nine months out of the year, it is important to me that I get all of the landscaping done that I want to for the year as soon as possible in the spring so that we can enjoy it. Last year I put in the garden areas and this year I will be focusing on the grass and flowers. We had a sprinkler problem last year and that, combined with our dog who likes to dig and our children who see the holes and continue to make them bigger, plus just the fact that we play games and sports on our grass, well, our poor grass really took a hit last year.
5 simple steps to improve your yard’s landscape
1. Add in furniture. Currently we only have chairs around our fire and camping chairs on our front porch but it adds a sense of livable outdoor space which is exactly what we wanted. We want our family and friends to come over, take a seat, and enjoy being in our yard for a while. As I have looked at many furniture options, I am always drawn towards the very expensive benches, chairs, etc., but you do not have to buy the most expensive furniture for your yard to feel inviting. We found a good deal at our local store for some cheap chairs, bought enough for our family, and put them out. It has been so fun to watch friends and neighbors come over, see the chairs, and immediately sit down and enjoy our yard.
2. Find space for a vegetable/herb garden. Using small planters works or if you have space, adding in grow boxes is great as well. We use up most of our free soil space for our vegetable garden. Last year was my first year having a garden and I made a lot of mistakes and hopefully have learned from it. I added in four 4′ x 4′ garden boxes in a sunny corner of our yard. Planting vegetables in other areas of our yard also made our yard really start to come together. By the end of summer, it seemed any where you looked in our yard, there were huge, amazing food-bearing plants that were so full and green. Family and friends could not believe the food that was growing in our garden and every single person that came through our property committed themselves to growing a garden the next summer. The garden was incredible for adding a gorgeous look to our entire backyard and some of our front yard.
3. Plant flowers. This is something I am working on this year but adding in plants and flowers not only adds green and colors to the property but it also attracts some great insects for helping the garden. In our yard as the sun is coming up, you can often find bees buzzing around all of the flowers which is very exciting for our garden because it means the plants will be pollinated and our food will grow!
When we first moved into the house, our entire front yard soil space was used up by bushes. As much as I enjoyed the green that the bushes added to the look of our house, I took them out immediately. One, because they house all sorts of spiders and spiders next to the house is one of the last things I want to encourage, and two, because I would never be able to get any color out of the bushes. They would always only be green. So I spent hours taking them out and immediately replaced them with flowers. We love the new look of blossoming flowers and in the spring is the most rewarding part of our new flower bed. Spring comes, the flowers grow, and we immediately have color back in our yard.
4. Find some decorations to add to the yard. Again, these do not have to be big and expensive, but adding in something that makes the yard yours really helps the landscaping. We are adding things in slowly but this year we added a bird house and bird feeder. The little kids got to paint the house and feeder, I added a protective layer, and we put it outside. Because of how many trees and bushes we have surrounding our house, especially our backyard, we get a lot of birds. Unfortunately because of our bird dog, they don’t spend much time too close to us but we figured we would try anyway. Watching the mama bird and then the baby birds in the house we had by our window growing up was one of my favorite pastimes when I was younger and I am excited to let my children enjoy it as well.
5. Fill in the holes or balding spots of grass. With so much playing that happens on our grass, we have a lot of high traffic areas with spots that continually get hit with a lot of feet and paws. With Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade, we can fill in those balding spots. Filling in those bare spots of grass helps pull the look of your yard back together. Having a lush, full yard of lawn is one thing that can really make a yard look beautiful.
We happen to live less than a mile away from a Walmart and I was able to find this product to help our lawn. Scotts EZ Seed Sun and Shade is a bare spot repair product and covers up to 85 square feet. I have used it on some of my balding spots and places that my dog has claimed as her own personal digging spots. I cannot wait for beautiful, full grass again this summer!
Our dog has made an indent path in our backyard where she runs from the side door to the back door multiple times a day. The grass is thin and in some places, it’s completely non-existent. So I am working on filling that in this year as well.
If you would like to find Scotts EZ Seed Sun and Shade at Walmart, I found it in the garden section on the end of the aisle. Your store may be different, however, so make sure you ask someone who works there to help you find it.
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