No matter what size your backyard is, it's most likely your warm-weather retreat for rest and relaxation, as well as the location of friend and family get-togethers, so give it some TLC with landscape design. The good news is that you don't need to put a lot of time or money into the landscaping to give your outdoor space a makeover.
When it comes to backyard landscaping, a little effort can go a long way, so choose the elements, such as plants and flowers, that are important to you and use it as a starting point.
While it's wonderful to have a professional lawn maintenance crew to keep you from braving the sweltering summer heat to cut your lawn, their heavy-duty machinery can sometimes unintentionally damage your trees. Young trees are especially susceptible. Taking extra steps to protect the tree's tender bark and roots can save you future heartbreak.
Barriers to Protect Tree Trunks
When trees are small, they often come with black plastic protective tubing around the bottom of the trunk, but many times, that is not sufficient to guard against damage.
Multi-colored bricks can be used to create a fire pit that will complement the property surrounding it and that will provide you with a convenient way to prepare food while outside. A fire pit can also be used to warm up on cool evenings when you would like to spend time gazing at the stars or enjoying peace and solitude. The following steps will teach you how to install a fire pit with some basic landscaping materials and tools.
When most people picture rock gardens, they picture alpine plants such as sedums and flowering succulents, but with a few exceptions, most of those plants will not thrive in Florida. To create a Florida rock garden, you need to use plants that are not only drought resistant, but heat tolerant.
Look to native grasses such as muhly grass, which produces a striking pink cloud of flowers in the fall, or if you want something taller, try the wispy cordgrass or for a real statement in a large rock garden, consider bold Fakahatchee grass.
Is this the year that you will have a lush, green lawn? If so, then spring is the time to start improving your lawn care game. The following three tasks can help your lawn look its best as it comes out of winter dormancy, and the results will show all summer long.
#1: Remove the thatch
Thatch is a thin layer of plant fibers. It's usually made up of cut grass that didn't decompose, as well as woodier materials such as pine needles and tree leaves.