Transform your Home’s Backyard

I love to garden! I think I even love the process more than the result. Maybe :) It is a toss up.

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I also love to read articles or watch shows related to gardening. I am a very visual person so it helps to see things whether pictures or video that will give me advice or ideas. Here are some things to consider:

* One of the most important things to keep in mind is to know what plants work in your area. Do your homework before spending your money. Some plants that are sold are probably not suited for your area. I am not sure why stores and nurseries here in Utah sell Hydrangeas, for example, because they need acidic soil which Utah does not have. Each state has an extension office with TONS of information about growing everything in your particular state. Utah’s is: http://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/┬áDo a web search of “your state + extension office” to find yours.

*You also need to decide if you want perennial flowers or annual flowers or a mix. What colors do you need to use? How do you arrange them?

Homes.com has a good video on these questions.

 

*Some of you may live in a community with a Home Association. Make sure you are following their guidelines as far as what is allowed when planting trees, shrubs, and flowers.

* If you live in a dry climate like I do here in Utah, select plants that say they are drought tolerant. But keep in mind that the first year you plant them, they are not heat tolerant. They are trying to get established and need consistent watering.

*Do you have pets? Do they dig? You may need to do something to protect your garden or flower beds, like a fence.

*Plan out how you want it to look before purchasing plants. Do you want it natural looking or formal? Have a rough idea on how many of each plant you will need. This will save you money and time.

*Consult your local nursery. They will hopefully be able to answer questions and have extensive knowledge about what works in your area.

*What other areas of your yard need a little help? Do you have a seating area? A patio? There are simple solutions to get your whole yard looking great. Adding potted plants, spray painting old furniture, etc.

Take advantage of all the resources available to get inspiration like Pinterest, gardening websites, your local nursery, and your states extension office. I also have a gardening category on my sidebar. And I have written articles for Homes.com too.

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And remember, HAVE FUN! It is just another way to express your creativity :)

 

 

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  1. says

    You can always fly out to Ohio and help me with my yard. I spent 3 days weeding out the bed next to my driveway and planting flowers a lady from church gave me. With all the rain we have had this summer + 2 week long trips out of town, I now have an amazing weed garden with a few bursts of color in them. I plan to transplant everything I can save and turn that area into a succulent garden. Sigh. If at first you don’t succeed…

  2. says

    I’ve been getting better and better at my gardening and it’s such a good feeling that I have really accomplished something! Thanks for all of the tips and resources too. I will check them out as it’s about time to figure out what to plant for the Fall. :)

  3. says

    Yes, it has been rainy here in NE Ohio! I am in the process of changing my flower beds to eliminate the plants the deer eat to plants they don’t eat. Out are tulips, crocus, hosta, gerber daisies, and daylilies. In are coral bells, poppies, coneflowers, lenten roses, canna, lily of the valley, ornamental grasses and daffodils. Preen has been a big help keeping new weeds away, but it doesn’t help with errant grass.

  4. says

    I love your yard with the daisies, and I adore your ladder plant stand. I have an old ladder that I’d love to paint and convert into a plant stand! I made myself a sweating mess today working in my new side flower garden — I hope to reveal it soon on my blog! I am very excited because I have a very tall sunflower that I am hoping will bloom soon!