Your backyard is the perfect place to relax with friends and family during the warm summer months. Naturally, you want your yard to be a clean, colorful, cool, soothing space that is well-maintained and conducive to mingling, but keeping it looking its best is time-consuming. Here are some tips to make maintaining your backyard an easy task:
Create an Outdoor Living Space
Put in a deck, a fire pit area, or a stone patio with a grilling area, seating, and dining table. Extending your home living space into your backyard means less maintenance of lawn and other landscape features.
Less is more when it comes to low-maintenance landscaping. Planting a few of the right high-performing perennials creates an impact in your backyard with significantly less maintenance than is required with annuals. If you need help, your local nursery can offer insight into the types of plants that will flourish in your climate, year after year.
Use Stone for Outdoor Landscaping
The right landscaping stone is durable, looks beautiful, and feels pleasant on bare feet. Natural stone comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to create a unique look for your outdoor living space. Crushed stone on pathways and around planters is also an effective material for beautiful landscaping that can help minimize yard work.
Buy the Right Tools and Equipment
Having the right tools can make quick work of a task that would otherwise be time-consuming. Do the research to make sure you have easy-to-use, effective pruning, raking, and digging equipment, and keep your tools sharp and clean and stored out of the reach of children.
Put in Mulch Beds Instead of Grass
Placing mulch beds around plants or rock features in your outdoor living area is an inexpensive option that greatly reduces yard work. Some mulches break down, adding nutrients to fertilize plants, while preventing excess weed growth. There is no need to water or mow, and your mulch needs only be replaced once a year. Two popular long-lasting mulches are shredded hardwood, perfect for more woodsy, natural yard areas, and cocoa bean mulch that is a lovely rich brown and gives off a pleasant chocolatey scent in the summer sun.
Lavender is a colorful herb with a soothing aroma that comes back with a beautiful show, year after year. Lavender is a natural insect repellent, and does not require much water. If you live in a climate with lower rainfall during the summer months, lavender beds are easy to care for and always look beautiful.
Use Potted Plants
Potted plants are lower maintenance and offer great versatility. You can move the pots around to suit the occasion or your mood, and present a beautiful show to suit the season or add colors for special occasions.
Take advantage of the water nature provides, while saving on your water bill. Put out a correctly positioned water barrel to catch water from your downspout and use the rainwater to care for your potted plants.
Call in the COIT Professionals for Patio Care
If your backyard patio is looking a little the worse-for-wear, you can prepare for summer by calling the professionals at COIT. Our team can thoroughly clean your outdoor patio area so it is spotless and free from stains, and looks its best for parties and family get-togethers.