Winter is on it’s way out, and that means that warmer and more pleasant weather is soon to be with us once again. Besides the warmer weather being pleasant and more enjoyable than the cold and snow that millions of Americans have to put up with each winter, the warmer weather allows us to be outside more, and be more productive with maintaining and improving the outside appearance of our homes. So, with the warmer weather just around the corner, here are some easy, do-it-yourself landscaping design ideas to take advantage of this spring/summer:
1) Plant trees. One of the easiest landscaping design ideas is to improve the appearance of your home by planting trees and small shrubbery. However, planting trees isn’t only a great way to improve the appearance of your landscape, it can significantly help a current issue among millions of trees in the United States. The current Ash tree disease, caused by an insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), is responsible for the destruction of over 50 million Ash trees in the United States. Ash trees are widespread in the U.S. and all 16 native Ash species are susceptible to attack from the EAB insect. Many Ash Borer control groups are working to significantly reduce the population of these insects, but planting new Ash trees is a great way to help speed up the reversal of damage caused the EAB.
2) Plant annuals. Annuals, also know as perennial flowers are a type of flower that only bloom for so long. Perennials typically bloom in spring, and then disappear in the early months of summer. Incorporating annuals with your landscaping design ideas will give you continuous color in the yard from the end of winter, to the beginning of summer.
3) Develop a patio area. Patios are excellent landscape ideas, and they’re not too difficult to build on your own. Cement and wood-paneled patios can be an involved, and time-consuming process for to build without much landscaping experience, especially with small backyard landscaping; instead, consider utilizing flat stones or bricks to lay the foundation of your patio. Line the perimeter of your patio with small shrubs and flowers for added appeal. If you’re really feeling ambitious, and your backyard is on a slope, consider building a retaining wall beneath the patio. Investing in some yard furniture that is comfortable, appealing and durable will allow you to gather with friends, or by yourself at your patio to enjoy a day of pleasant weather and relax.