Now that everything is green and growing, it's time to give some attention to your yard space. Too often, the front yard is simply a plot of grass, but yards have the potential for so much more. Here’s to getting some dirt under your fingernails and sprucing up the front yard this summer.
As an obvious first step, make your front yard an eye-catching place of beauty. To make a yard beautiful, do more than just plant grass. Think bushes, flowers, mulch, vines, shrubs, stones, fountains, and lights. Variety is key. Combine several elements to create a truly unique space. In addition to cutting down on mowing time, you’re creating an extra-beautiful spot for your enjoyment. Since a front yard ought not to be a hodge-podge of unrelated elements, integrating the various features into a unified lawn takes an eye for the aesthetic.
Another way to take your front yard to the next level is by making it a place that you can enjoy. By “enjoy,” I don’t just mean the work of planting, weeding, watering, and maintaining. I mean a place to sit, talk, meet, eat, and have fun. Try spending more time outdoors in your front yard. Add some seating, a pathway, a bench, a table and chairs, and even an outdoor oven. Lawn furniture can add beauty and interest to your front yard, while at the same time making it more inviting for actual enjoyment.
First of all, don't overwater your grass. The simply way to avoid excess watering is to leave grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings are a natural fertilizer and water saver. By leaving the clippings on the lawn, you will enrich your grass, strengthen the soil, and save water. In addition, you may want to plant perennial flowers. The beauty of perennial flowers is that they grow again and again and again. Rather than blow your gardening budget on new flowers every year, you can enjoy the recurring beauty of perennials year after year.
Finally, try growing something different this year—fruits and vegetables. In addition to adding unique beauty to your front yard, edible plants will add flair to your cooking. Besides, homegrown varieties are tastier and healthier than your supermarket version.
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