It is about that time of year when most of the nation is seeing the last of the hard freeze warnings for spring 2022. This is when homeowners begin to think about finally doing something with their lawn and garden that they’ve been putting off year after year. This year you are going to get that landscaping done once and for all and perhaps even add in a bit of hardscaping for that much sought after layered look. You still have time before that last bit of freeze blankets the ground, making it hard to get grass seed laid in. Have you drawn up your plans yet? If not, you better get going!
1. Minimal Use of Grass
There is a very good reason why so many landscaping pros suggest cutting down on grass when landscaping your lawn and garden. Over the past few years, the population of Canada geese has doubled in size and although this may not strike you as problematic, these flying creatures are not the best birds to have flying over and grazing on your grass. Since they land in flocks and will stay until they’ve chewed your grass down to bare soil in some cases, they can ruin a once lovely lawn.
However, that isn’t even the worst of it! They leave such large droppings everywhere and these are laden with bacteria making it unhealthy for dogs and children to wander around on the lawn. If you must have a grassy area, you can get an effective goose repellent from the Flight Control MAX website that is safe for pets and kids but is a goose repellent you can count on. You can also find information on this site as to just what kinds of dangers they pose.
2. Hardscaping for Form and Function
There are some lovely ideas for hardscaping floating around the Web, so if you do a quick Google search you are likely to find areas layered in pebbles and other areas set with pavers. Hardscaping ideas also include such things as fountains and bird baths, but here again, if you have problems with Canada geese, you may not want to have any areas with water lying around. Canada geese like to float in the water, and this will just serve to call more and more to your yard, requiring extra treatments with goose repellent.
3. Add a Splash of Color
In the past you may have planted a few flowers that grew close to the ground such as impatiens and pansies. This year, why not plant a few larger flowers and shrubs like lavender and perhaps tulips? Plant bushes and florals that will bloom all through the summer so you can enjoy the splash of color for many months. Color makes a nice backdrop for times when you simply want to sit in the garden and relax after a horrendously stressful day.
DIY landscaping can be fun, but you should start planning early to ensure you are able to get all the materials and botanicals needed to complete your plans. With a little effort you can have the loveliest lawn and garden on the block and that’s something to be truly proud of.