It’s time to spruce up your yard for Spring!
After this “icey” winter we had here in the Bayou state, I’m sure some of your backyards are in need of some love! Well thankfully, getting your outdoor areas cleaned up again doesn’t cost a fortune and won’t require months of work. Landscaping experts have answered your prayers and provided some relatively easy and affordable things you can do to get your yard ready for Spring!
1. Out with the weeds
“Weed, thin out your garden beds, prune back leggy branches, deadhead any flowers that have faded out of bloom and remove overgrown plants,” says Pat Pezzimenti, director at Urban Horticultural Solutions. You would be surprised at how much tidying up will transform your yard.
Clean lines will instantly modernize your landscape, says Andrew Whyte, managing director at Whyte Gardens. Sharp lines will add a contemporary look to your lawn too, he adds. Just a little cleaning up can give you a fresh perspective on what to do next your yard.
2. Add mulch
“Mulch will provide a nice dark, uniform background for your vegetation and make the green foliage stand out,” says Darin Bradbury, director of MINT Pool + Landscape Design. Using an organic mulch not only provides nutrients, but it improves the soil’s water-holding capacity.
Tip: “Be careful not to push mulch right up to the stems of plants,” Bradbury says. He suggests leaving a few inches of clear space around them.
3. Fresh flowers
Adding a few plants to your yard is a great and affordable way to revitalize the space. When you’re choosing new plants, it’s important to pick a theme so the garden doesn’t look visually chaotic and disconnected, says Wayne De Klijn, owner of AQL Landscape Design.
It’s important to consider your region’s and backyard’s conditions when choosing plants. Not all plants will thrive if they aren’t in the right conditions! Soil preparation is also key. “Cultivate the soil before planting, and make sure it’s fluffy. This will give your new plants a great start,” he says. From a visual perspective, remember that less is more. Keep your planting simple — it will make a far better visual impression.
4. Paint your fence
While a black fence might seem a bit intense, it acts more like a neutral. Black is good for a more modern feel in your yard, as it has a bit more edge than lighter tones. What makes black such a great option is that it really lets your plants and foliage stand out.
“The rule of thumb here is, the darker the better,” says Darin Bradbury. “The first thing we do on all our projects is paint the boundary fences black or off-black.” The reason: “Not only does the dark color give those vertical surfaces around the garden a uniform finish,” he says, “but it creates the perfect backdrop for all that green foliage.”
5. Update your outdoor furniture
An old outdated furniture set can easily take away from your landscape’s good looks. With the spring months coming in and summer not too far away, a contemporary new sofa or dining table could be a practical investment. Quality outdoor furniture is quite a luxury in a garden space and creates an inviting environment to sit outside and relax. It is totally worth investing in pieces that will survive outdoors for years, in a style you love.
You’ll find so many furniture styles available — take your pick from furniture made of all-weather wicker, aluminum, recycled plastics, mixed timber and upholstery, and more — at different price points. “Look for quality, water-resistant pieces that will cope with the weather,” Bradbury says. “Seek out simple and timeless shapes and neutral colors, such as black or white, that will go with most architectural styles.”