Some flowers here, a garden there, a tree looks nice by that rock, maybe a rose bush would color up that ugly wall by the garage.
That sounds more like organizing a storage locker or setting up a yard sale, rather than establishing the landscaping you’ll want to nurture and enjoy during your outdoor recreational time this summer season.
For as much time as you spend on decorating your home, don’t neglect the exterior that complements the efforts you do inside. What is needed is a landscape architecture approach.
In Idaho, April has been designated as Landscape Architecture Month. Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes.
Working with landscape architects, communities can promote health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Beyond these reasons, you just want a yard that doesn’t look like it was thrown together at the last minute. So, spend the time now planning how your yard will be developed.
Among the items to consider: What plantings that extend colors through the season? What plants are beneficial for honey bees, and what will encourage more birds to visit and linger? What provides a nice look, but offers other benefits such as pleasant scents, natural pest control and reducing watering demands?
Start planning your yard redesign with photo trips online through sites such as Pinterest, and also consult with staff at Green Acres Nursery on the best ways to begin.