Create an Escape with Landscaping

escape mrgWhether you have five acres to play with or just a small apartment balcony, there are things you can do with your landscaping that allow you to create a place of escape. Imagine having a small corner where you can read, enjoy the warm weather or simply relax.

For smaller spaces, consider adding a container garden. In containers, you can plant just about any fruit or veggie; potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes all have miniature versions designed to be grown in containers and other small spaces. To add color, plant nasturtium, and if you’re not bothered by bees, add some lavender for a lovely aroma. Another item that is perfect for small spaces is a tabletop fountain. The sound of running water is extremely calming, and a small fountain can be the perfect addition to your balcony. If you have more room to work with, you can build a small pond or install a larger fountain. Simply add a comfortable chair to your landscaping, and you’re set!

Surround yourself with your favorite floral fragrances, as well as fruits and veggies, using raised garden beds. If you’re trying to determine the perfect spot, consider a secluded corner that gets a bit of shade so you can enjoy it during hot afternoons.

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3 Landscaping Ideas to Freshen Up Your Yard

Even if you still have a layer of snow on the ground, as we do here in Ohio, it’s that time of year when we all start yearning to be outside more. From planting gardens and crops to hosting backyard barbecues, signs of spring fever are now becoming clear. (Please, Punxsutawney Phil, don’t see your shadow!)

This is a great time of year to start thinking about the changes you can make to your landscape. Whether you want to add raised garden beds or create a home paradise escape, now is the time to start planning. Here are three landscaping ideas that you can use to create your vision of paradise.

  1. Ponds

pondFrom the soothing sound of bubbling water to the youthful joy of having your own goldfish and koi, a pond is a great option for your backyard space. If you’re ambition is to have a large pond, consider using a windmill for aeration. Aeration is critical to the health of your fish. And depending on where you live, you also may need to invest in an artificial owl to keep birds from preying on your fish or netting to keep raccoons away.

  1. Grill, Baby, Grill

grillNo backyard space is complete without a grill or smoker (or both!). You can host backyard parties and truly enjoy the spring, summer and fall with a grill. To create an inviting space, add plenty of lawn furniture and some shade-providing plants and trees.

  1. Grow Your Own Food

dripThere’s nothing that tastes better than a salad made from greens and veggies grown in your own garden. Whether you have a huge plot of land or can only carve out a small area, growing your food is a great way to lower your grocery bill and encourage your kids to eat well and become involved with the environment. And gardening can be easier with a drip irrigation kit, which makes keeping your veggies hydrated all summer a snap.

What plans do you have for landscaping your yard this year?

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