Get Your Landscape Ready for the Summer Months
With the summer months quickly approaching, it’s that time of year once more when our landscaping could probably use a little extra attention. Perhaps you’d like to completely switch up your outdoor landscaping or maybe you just want to add a little extra color to your space—whatever the case, our team at Sandlin Homes has you covered. Read on to see a few ways you can update your outdoor scenery.
Figure out your preferred style
Whether you want to completely re-do your outdoor space or you just want to spruce it up a bit, you first need to decide which design style will be your inspiration for the season. Crafting your outdoor landscaping is much like designing the interior of your home—you want it to reflect your personal style. This makes the aspect of yard work sound a lot more enjoyable than you might have originally thought. Think of some garden spaces you’ve always wanted to emulate in your own home and take the time this year to try them out—don’t be afraid of going a little outside of your comfort zone.
Choose your plants
Before you go out and buy whatever plants catch your eye, you’ll want to take a minute and decide which areas of your yard you want to add to—this will give you a better idea of what sort of plants you will want to look for to fill up those spots. If you’re not overly confident with your gardening skills, take some time to think about adding in a few native plants as they are more likely to do well on their own without giving you too much trouble. The spring and summer months are also all about adding color to your home, so it’s the perfect time to bring a little more of it to your yard with some beautiful flower arrangements.
Test out your soil
Once you have your plants ready to go, it’s time to clear out any debris and weeds from your garden before testing the soil. There are a number of at-home tests you can do to see what type of nutrients your soil still needs in order for your plants to thrive—especially if you’re bringing in a variety of new plants to your garden this year. These tests will be able to check your soil’s pH and nutrient levels to see if you need to add in more fertilizer, compost or anything else to your soil to ensure that your plants are in the best position to grow.
You’ll also want to test out the moisture level in the soil. Having too much moisture isn’t always a good thing as this can potentially cut off the air circulation to the roots of your plants. An easy way to test this is to take a handful of soil and try to form it into a ball—and if it falls apart, you’re good to go.