Now that spring’s temperate weather is here, all those days spent cooped up indoors are a thing of the past, and there’s no better time to start prepping your outdoor space, making it the perfect destination for outdoor gatherings this summer. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert gardener to make your space a stunner; all it takes is a few small changes to create the lush and serene outdoor environment you’ve always wanted. Here’s how to start:
Weed your walking paths
The pathway that leads the way to your front door may be beautiful, but the second that weeds start to pop up between your pavers, it loses a huge amount of aesthetic appeal. Even if you don’t have a ton of time to overhaul your garden or yard, making sure there’s no vegetation growing between your flagstones or steps can make your outdoor space more beautiful in no time. Fortunately, just a little bit of old-fashioned pulling and spraying some weed killer can help keep those pests from coming back.
Add some new colors to your palette
A sea of emerald green in your yard may be pretty, but it’s anything but interesting. Add some charm to your outdoor space this summer by planting some brightly-colored flowers to offset the abundance of grass and other greenery. Planting perennials like blackeyed Susans, Russian sage, daylilies, and asters is a low-maintenance way to make your garden pop.
Mulch what grass won’t cover
Even the best gardeners can’t make every inch of an outdoor space look perfect 24/7. Fortunately, for those areas where your plants are patchy, colorful mulch can make all the difference. If you’re going for a tropical vibe, add some deep red mulch to the area around trees and flower beds, or if you want something that makes the green in your garden pop, try black mulch instead.
Invest in some hedges
Those fortunate enough to have outdoor space in an urban environment know that it’s hard to relax when you feel like you’re on display. This summer, take a page from the countless rooftop and terrace lounges in New York City and enclose your area with some hedges. Not only do hedges offer more aesthetic appeal than your average fence or wall, they also create the illusion of privacy, even in the center of a city.
Create a pretty border
Turn the outer perimeter of your property into something eye-catching by adding a planted border to your space. If privacy is your major concern, try planting some Leyland Cyprus trees or Japanese maples, or if you’re simply trying to spruce up your outdoor space, opt for easy-to-maintain bushes and flowering shrubs, like wooly thyme, quartz rose verbena, and Chinese fringe trees.
Even if you’re not much of a green thumb, you can still enjoy stunning outdoor space; just a small investment of time and energy can make all the difference.