Turning Yards Into Outdoor Living Rooms
Just as the entrance to your house is designed to draw you in, your lawn and landscape should welcome you out! With a little planning and creativity, your backyard can be the perfect “outdoor living room” for your family. Whether you prefer casual cookouts or garden teas; family fun or a private retreat, any space can be transformed. Below are ideas that make for outdoor living at its best:
• Plan ahead. Consider how you want to use your property. Make a five year wish-list. If you really want a pool, leave space for it now. Sketch out the general areas you want in your yard on tracing paper allowing for easy movement from one area to another.
• Consider the view looking out from your windows inside. It’s an area many people forget, but that’s the one you’ll see most often.
• Plant now for privacy later. Landscaping elements make great screens for privacy and for stopping sound, but they do take time to grow, so “planting ahead” is a good idea.
• Match the size of “outside rooms” to similar spaces indoors. A patio might equate to a family room size. Make the barbecue area the size of a kitchen-dining room combination. Making outdoor rooms too large takes away the feeling of intimacy.
• Continue colors, styles or even flooring from inside to outside, if possible, for a sense of connection.
• Think outside the (square) box. Remember, nature produces nothing in a straight line. Curves in walkways, pools, and decks will look more natural than using all straight lines.
Whatever the age of your family, your home or your landscape, you can create an extra room in your yard, right outside the window!
Planning ahead is fun. And the enjoyment and value landscape improvements add to your time at home can make transforming your property an exciting experience.
8 Simple Reasons for Maintaining a Healthy Lawn
A well-maintained lawn can help to provide a healthier, more pleasant environment for you, your family and your community. Here are some interesting facts about lawns that you may not be aware of:
• A 50′ x 50′ lawn produces enough daily oxygen for a family of four.
• Grass acts as a natural air conditioner by absorbing the sun’s heat.
• Grass helps to clean the air, absorbing pollutants and returning pure oxygen in exchange.
• A thick, healthy lawn naturally deters allergy-causing weed pollen.
• Biting and stinging insects are found less often in lawns that are free of blooming weeds.
• Noise is reduced in areas where lawns are present (soft-surfaced landscapes absorb sound, while hard surfaces reflect it).
• Thick turf filters surface water before it returns to ground water supplies.
• Grass works as a natural barrier to soil erosion caused by wind and water.
By keeping your lawn in top shape, you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of benefits in return.