Yes, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and your yard is an absolute mess after this past winter. Even if you live in tropical or hot dry climates, you took a pretty bad hit this year. Flooding in California, snow in Texas, and hail storms in the Southeast did their share of damage. The rest of the country saw as much as six feet of snow fall in a short period of two weeks back in February. Did you expect your yard to look good after all that? It’s time to get your mind wrapped around the idea that yard waste removal needs to be at the top of your to-do list. Then you can start focusing on a few other yard projects. Here are some suggestions:
Plant New Grass: Chances are the old lawn is torn to shreds after this past winter. There has never been a better time to replant, especially with recent innovations in grass seed. Nurseries and Home Depots across the country now carry seed that roots deeper and lasts longer than anything that’s been on the market before. Not only can you rebuild your lawn, but you can make it better than it was. Of course, then you’ll have another project in a few months – weekly mowing.
Create a Rock or Water Garden: Looking out at your yard right now in all its post-winter glory, try to visualize a rock or water garden back there where you can relax at the end of a hard day’s work. Once complete, a rock or water garden is practically maintenance free and you can even add fish or entice birds with feeders and natural nesting spots. In addition, these gardens are extremely eco-friendly and cost effective. Before you know it, you could have your very own preserve back there, with a waterfall if you choose to go that route. Once you remove all the yard waste from last winter, anything is possible.
Plant Hedges or Bushes: Break it up a bit. If your yard is large and empty, plant some bushes or run a hedge around the edges. You could even get real creative and design a maze for the kids. It would be all-natural and a great draw for parties and special events. One idea is to leave a large open space in the middle of the maze with a patio and barbeque grill. Your guests could find their way in there by following the aroma of good food, so there’s no need to worry about anyone getting lost.
What about a vegetable garden? Have you seen the prices on produce at the supermarket recently? Perhaps the most productive yard project of all is to take some of that space that’s been torn up by winter storms, turn it over, and plant some vegetables. You’ll enjoy the taste more because they’ll be purely organic, and you’ll save a bundle on food expenses. Another option here would be a hydroponics greenhouse, giving you more control and preventing loss of crops during inclement weather. It’s more expensive to do it that way, but the end result makes it worthwhile.
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