How’s your garden going this year? So far mine has really been more of an experiment than anything else, but I’m still going strong with it! Since we’re at the point where the hottest trends for your outdoor gardens for 2020 are starting to come in strong, I thought it might be nice to round out the top five trends for everyone!
Earth-friendly activity alert! Reduce your carbon footprint with one of the trendiest activities yet to grace our lives since the recycling revolution. Composting is as easy as not throwing stuff away. By stuff we do not mean plastic packaging or the like – we mean vegetable and fruit peelings, eggshells and pretty much any other plant-based scraps. Gather them together in a compost heap or box and once it has stewed into all its nutrient-rich glory you can then mix this into your soil for an amazing nutrient boost.
Elevation, E L E V A T I O N!
We are so impressed with this one. Small space? No problem! With a little out-of-the-box creative thinking your problem is solved. From living wall kits for your urban jungle to planting hanging or trailing plants in wall planters, the possibilities of creating your sublime vertical garden are virtually endless. Once you have installed your favourite vertical vision, sit back, and let the beauty soak in. Vertical gardens are also a great way to keep your plants pesky pest free without any hassle.
This year has been quite the garden experiment for me so far, with more experimenting to come! I’ve learned a lot about vegetables and herbs, soil, and the animals that were here before I started planting. Let’s just say some creatures I can appreciate more than others.
Every gardener’s nightmare is the presence of animal pests that uproot plants from the garden, ruining all the hard work you’ve put in, and damaging your crops. Sometimes, these animals also harm your pets, and the holes they create can lead to several accidents. Gophers and moles are in this category, making animals of interest.
GET TO KNOW THEM
These are small animals that get their name from their fur-lined cheeks that serve as pouches through which they carry small bits of food. If you are not sure a gopher is the pest you are dealing with, there are ways on how to identify it is a gopher. Gophers have adaptations for burrowing underground. These include clawed forelimbs for digging, eyes, and ears that are smaller than that of regular animals to avoid sand and dust, and sensitive whiskers and tails that help them to navigate dark burrows.
Anyone who’s blitzed through this blog at all knows that I HATE clutter. So much so, in fact, that I actually officially registered the hashtag #ihateclutter. I mean, that’s a pretty strong hatred, folks! Time was invested into that one! But I’ll admit – most of the time my detest of clutter is focused INSIDE our home.
According to my research, spending time outdoors is good for our physical and mental health. One of the easiest ways to get in touch with your inner self is by stepping out into your garden, but a cluttered backyard isn’t always the best spot for relaxing. Let’s go over some of the ways that you can keep your yard clean, organized, and free of clutter so that you and your family can make the most of your outdoor space.
Keep the Lawn Trimmed
It’s no secret that lawn maintenance is one of the main keys to keeping a tidy home and yard. If you mow at least once every one to two weeks, you can keep your lawn looking its best. (And if you’re in Florida like we are and the rainy season is upon us, you’ll soon be needing to mow every few days!) Mowing and trimming regularly ensures that you get rid of unhealthy growth, encouraging fresh, green growth throughout your grass. As an added bonus, old trimmings can make a great fertilizer for future shoots in the garden!
One of my favorite things about our house (when we were in the process of purchasing it) was the fact that it already had a sweet little garden area in the backyard. It’s in the perfect spot, and it’s even surrounded by a little picket fence! I just KNOW this coming Spring I’ll finally get some veggies growing in there!
Actually, it’s not just us – many families want an outdoor area or a garden when they buy or rent a home. A decent-sized garden will make a property more expensive, but if you have children and pets, it’s a godsend. After all, as any parent knows, keeping children and exuberant dogs entertained in a flat is pretty much impossible. With a nice garden, you can let the kids and animals play outside all day long when the weather is nice. They can kick a ball around, dig holes, and boost their Vitamin D levels. Pets also benefit from having an outdoor toilet!
Safety is an important consideration when looking for a home with a garden. A large outdoor space is not enough if you can’t let your kids and pets play outdoors without close supervision. This is always the case unless you live in a remote area. But even then, you might not want younger children and dogs roaming freely in case they get into trouble. There are always dangers present, so it is wise to take protective measures if you want your family to stay safe.
Use the following strategies to keep your kids and pets safe in the garden.
Protect the Boundary
Not all gardens have a fence or wall, and even if they do, this might not be enough to keep pets and kids in – and intruders out. If your perimeter is low or non-existent, it is time to erect a new one. A wall made from bricks, blocks, or stone is the most permanent, but it is also the most expensive way to mark your boundaries. Older properties are very likely to have walls around the garden, but newer properties tend to have fences instead.
Do you have an outdoor space or a garden at your home that you really love? We sure do! And for the most part, our outdoor space is pretty private, considering that we live on over an acre with just a couple neighbors who are a good stone’s throw away. Nevertheless, there are a few areas in our yard where a bit more privacy would be nice!
Having a wide and open outdoor space within your property sounds ideal, but not if your neighbours can track your every move, or pedestrians and motorists have a snap shot of your life as they go by. Having a little privacy goes a long way, and here you’ll find a few hints and tip of how you can make your back yard more private without spoiling your outdoor space.
Getting privacy doesn’t always mean having to erect an overbearing fence around the edges of your property. Did you know that you can get the same effect with a little help from nature? Planting a row of trees within your garden or outdoor area adds privacy easily and are ideal if you’re hoping ot maintain a more natural garden look. Cypress Trees are a great place to start – you can get up to 40% off Cypress Trees at The Tree Center – as are ornamental fruit trees such as Black cherry plum, crab apple trees, silver birches and evergreen Magnolias.