It's beginning to look a lot like summer, everywhere we go. Perennials poking up through the ground, daffodils and tulips blooming, and dull brownish grass coming back to shades of green. Along with all the fun things of spring, comes a new routine. It's also time to oil up the lawn mower, get out the fertilizer and weed killer, and the hand hoe to get rid of those nasty weeds. Or you can embrace change and design your yard not just to be beautiful, but to be more relaxing, a place to relax instead of a place for doing weekend chores.
Here are some ideas for taking the work out of your backyard, while adding to the lazy days of summer:
Pave it: Who says you have to fill your entire yard with grass? In fact, it is more limiting if you do. By paving parts of your lawn with stone walkways, and patio areas, you not only add architectural interest, but functionality too, while eliminating the work zones of time consuming lawns and flower beds. You can create stable sitting areas, foundations for tables, and walkways that divide your space into mini rooms outdoors.
Turf it: Forget the hours of labor every week to water, mow, weed and fertilize your lawn. Replace it with artificial turf that looks and feels like the real thing. The only thing you need to do to enjoy artificial turf is simply walk outside. Nothing more is needed to experience the soft feel under your feet and the vibrant pop of color it adds to your yard.
Cover it: Rather than running inside your house ever time a rain cloud bursts overhead, get an umbrella; the really big ones. Pergolas, made for yards, come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and can be easily installed over sitting areas, over patios, tables, and grass to enable you to stay outside in all types of summer weather and soak in the smells and sounds of nature, instead of being cooped up inside.
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