Are you looking for a way to make your paths and patios a more decorative part of your backyard design? These surfaces, collectively known as the hardscapes, are just as important as the plants and water features when it comes to your landscaping. The following are just a few ideas to take them from plain to amazing.
Idea #1: Skip the concrete
Concrete patio pads and sidewalks are the builder's grade option for more homes.
If you want to increase the privacy of your home without putting up a fence reminiscent of the Berlin Wall, then planting some dense, fast-growing shrubs and trees is for you. This mode of action gives you all the privacy of a fence, doesn't alienate your neighbors, and serves to beautify your yard with some fresh new greenery. Here are the five best shrubs and trees to plant if you want some extra beauty and privacy in your yard, each with a distinct characteristic or two to separate it from the pack.
You're tired of your patchy, weed-filled front lawn and you're ready to do something about it. But sprinkling on a little grass seed has had spotty results in the past, and rolling on brand-new sod is a little out of your price range.
You've heard about hydroseeding, the process of spraying on grass seed combined with a fertilizer and mulch, and you think it might be a good solution for you.
Is your lawn looking a bit dull and brown, even though you're sure it is getting enough water? Maybe certain areas are looking a bit shaggy while others are too short. By improving on your lawn mowing strategy with these five quick tips, you can solve these common problems and more.
Trim to the right length for your type of grass.
If you have cool season grass (which is common in the northern US), you should be trimming your grass to about 2 inches in length.
Your backyard should be more than the backside of your house. Properties typically include more land area behind the house than in front, providing the perfect space for creating an inviting landscape. Your garden retreat should also be pleasing at different times of the day and even year. Design a garden that provides a year-round getaway literally in your own backyard.
The first consideration for your backyard retreat is getting some privacy.