4 Easy Ways To Spruce Your Spring Landscape
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If you’re looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your landscape without a lot of effort, here are four ideas for your spring landscape—and these will also help boost your curb appeal.
Plant a Single Tree
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to plant just one tree, and it is one of the best things that you can do for your landscape this spring. Plus, as soon as the tree rooted and begins to grow, it is incredibly low maintenance, and the distinction that the tree will make for your yard will last for decades. Now, when it comes to choosing the tree, the key is in selecting one that will add interest to the landscape in the form of shape, color, and texture.
There are many trees to pick from, but if you want to go with a safe choice, you should opt for a Japanese maple. Most of these are apt for just about any climate, and they all offer a variety of forms, colors, and textures that can brighten up any landscape.
The Mikawa yatsubusa is considered a dwarf adaptation of the Japanese maple that looks similar to a tie-dye blouse in the fall when it starts to change colors, which means you definitely won’t be lacking in color at that time.
Use Mulch to Add Some Color
If you want to add some texture and color to your yard, mulch is probably the easiest way to get it done. With a lush, green lawn, you can create a great contrast with coffee bean-colored mulch. If the dark roast-colored mulch isn’t something that you like, there are plenty of colors of mulch that you can use to add some color to your ordinary landscape, including black, red, cedar-toned, gold, and more.
If you want something unique, opt for pine cones, which will introduce a knotty texture that will help to break up the monotony of your box-like shrubs and flat lawn.
With mulch, everything is easy—simply select a texture and color, dump it out, spread it, and then literally forget about it. Just make sure that you keep the mulch away from siding and wood, because it can attract insects and rot the wood.
Add a Little Edge
When you look at your garden beds and walkways, does everything seem to just morph together? If so, you may be able to perk everything up a bit with some unique edging, which requires no watering, cutting or pruning.
You can define walkways with personal or located items. For instance, you can plant wine bottles with their neck down into the soil or line the path with colored hockey sticks. However, if you go this route, you must make sure you have enough to do the entire path or it will look off.
If you’d like to keep things “planty,” you can opt for low-maintenance ground covers for the edging. Opt for lamb’s ears, vinca, lily of the valley, or even pachysandra—some of which will add texture, while others add color.
Create an ‘All About You’ Focal Point
Sometimes, you need to use your individual passions, desires, and pleasure to add texture and color to your lawn. Use something that may bring back fond memories to create a focal point, such as an old wagon, tricycle, or toy truck that can easily be turned into a vibrant planter.
Alternatively, you can use non-gardening resources that will help contrast with the monotony and softness of your green lawn. For instance, you can create a table with a lobster trap or extra-large flower pot that is filled with something that symbolizes your pleasures or passions like sea shells or baseballs and cover the container with a glass or wood top. This will add a touch of unique character to the landscape.
Always remember that your landscape is a mirror image of you and your personality. Also, keep in mind that you aren’t one-dimensional, so you shouldn’t assume that your yard should be.
If you need help with your landscape, contact the professionals at Earthscapes Design.