How do you garden under trees?

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There are many elements that need to consider when you’re planning to landscape in your backyard oasis. Needless to say, one of the most important factors that need to be considered is the amount of shade that blankets your yard’s vegetation. While it might not feel like a principle concern, gardening when you don’t have sunlight readily available to your plants can be frustratingly difficult this includes gardening under trees. While the blissful shadows cast down from your trees can be an incredibly refreshing addition to your backyard in the summertime, it can also prove to be challenging to grow anything aside from weeds. So, instead of fighting the natural beauty of your shady saplings, it’s time that you learned to take advantage of these growing conditions.

Trim up the area

Before you’re able to fully enjoy the charm and allurement of your timber, you will first need to weed the surrounding area underneath the canopy area of your trees. After all, proper care will help keep your greenery happy and healthy. Although, you may be wondering how to identify this type of vegetation. Simply put, a weed is any plant that is not growing where it’s supposed to. Once you tackle this seasonal problem, your new, little garden will be ready to take on any improvements that you’re wanting to make to the landscape.

Utilize the shade

Just because you have some vast trees taking up space on your property, that doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize the canopy of shade that they provide to your advantage. Start by placing a simple ring of mulch that extends out as far as the branches of your tree. This will give your garden an aesthetically, manicured look and your trees will benefit from the soil as well — mulch actually helps to keep weed seeds from germinating in the soil under the trees and it’s also beneficial for the insects that live there. Next, select a couple of flowers or shrubs to plant under the tree’s canopy. Just be mindful to choose shade-tolerant greenery that will still be able to thrive with the lack of sunlight.

Add some aesthetics

You’ve cleaned up the area and even planted a stunning flowerbed, so, now it’s time to start decorating. There are quite a few ways that you’re able to make your garden more radiant through the use of some cute decor, such as a durable garden bench or some LED garden lighting. A garden bench is quite an inviting investment piece for your garden. Not only does it give you an added sense of enjoyment when you sit outside, but it also looks visually alluring when your guests sneak a glance. That being said, LED garden lighting also provides a similar graceful appeal. In fact, outdoor LED lights delicately sit within your flowerbeds, along pathways and radiate from various dazzling structures. They also provide a charming ray of illumination that is able to display all the ravishing and divine elements of your backyard oasis even after the sun has set.

Are there any other handy pointers that you know for gardening under trees? Leave a comment below to share with our readers.

 

How can you use your front porch to welcome guests?

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Your front porch is the gateway to your home and the reaction it gives off can make a lasting first impression to your visitors and guests. Not only does this entryway spark personality but the design also leads your company to believe that a carefully crafted, welcoming atmosphere is important to you as a homeowner. So, since spring is the season of entertainment, both indoors and out, how about we highlight some ways that you can create a refreshing entry area to your domain.

Get potting

Regardless of whether you enjoy tasteful, artificial greenery or small, graceful succulents and cacti, potted plants are a beautiful way to spice up your front porch. With a fresh collection of colors and a variety of crisp blooms, cultivating a charming and stylized look allows you to forge a flourishing landscape and give off an elegant appeal for the guests standing by at the door. Not to mention, potted plants are an effortless way to jazz up your outdoor space with the ability to hang them in baskets next to your outside LED lights or gracefully put them on the steps leading up to your entrance. Also, remember to take a step back and observe your surroundings from a distance in order to inspire you to embrace a more dramatic effect.

But some seating

While not every homeowner has the luxury of having a spacious front porch, think of your outdoor spot as a room and add some seating anyways to allow for guests to enjoy the surroundings. A simple wicker chair, stool or bench can really add a welcoming element to your entryway. Not to mention, it can double up as your own personal reading nook when you need a little getaway from everyday stresses. Outdoor seating doesn’t just become a nice spot to relax when your guests are around, keep in mind it can also serve as a place to put on shoes, search for your keys or even people watch.

Re-paint your space

While it’s always best to utilize the adversity of neutral tones inside your home, just in case you ever want to change up your design, your front porch is the perfect place where you can be bold with color. After all, big, beautiful, vibrant colors are warm, enticing and give off this “door’s always open” appeal. So, let your front door and elegant window frames speak to your home’s architectural style as well as your lively personality. Start by slapping on some impactful, shiny colors so that you can easily accent the area with some vivid furniture, plants and decor.

Install some outside LED lights

The best part about redecorating your veranda is being able to admire it both day and night. That’s where some aesthetically pleasing outside LED lights may help to brighten up your alluring space. Some simple directional lights can be used as porch lights because they downlight the area so that your visitors can see where to push your doorbell. While some step lights can be used as safety features so that your guests are able to see their foot placement before they begin walking up the staircase. That being said, area lights are also a promising form of outdoor LED lights, as they boldly illuminate your gorgeous flowerbeds.

Be sure to invest the extra money and upgrade to outside LED lights for longevity, brilliant vibrancy and as an eco-conscious lighting alternative.

Are there any other ways you can decorate your welcoming entryway? Share with our readers in the comments section below.

 

A few garden landscaping tips for springtime

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The chilly temperatures of winter are slowly becoming a distant memory, which means that with warmer weather it’s time that you got out into your garden to start your spring landscaping. While the months of frost have probably kept you cozy indoors, a change of season means that you’ll be spending more time outside in your backyard. Maybe the harsh winter conditions have left your lawn damaged or your flowerbeds have accumulated some serious overgrowth? Fortunately for you, with the right tools and the time to get the job done, your property’s surroundings will be looking healthy and luscious in no time! Here are a few spring maintenance and landscaping tips that you can follow if you want to have your garden in ship-shape for BBQ weather.

Start dethatching

Did you know that when leaves, thatch and other debris build up they can actually suffocate your grass and its roots? So, after the winter months have passed it’s safe to say that your lawn could probably use some fresh air after being subjected to all the snow pile up and frozen soil. That’s why dethatching should be an important part of your gardening routine, as it increases airflow, reduces unwanted pests and allows your grass to start its own process of spring recovery.

Get rid of the weeds

Removing plant debris that’s been left over from the transition between seasons is a good way to prepare for a healthier yard because much like dethatching, compacted soil, mulch and other debris can disable vegetation from growing in your garden. So, grab a compostable bag and make de-weeding part of your spring cleaning. After all, now is a better time than any to start planting!

Add mulch to plant beds

After your yard is all tidied up, make sure to lay down a generous layer of mulch amongst your plant beds. In fact, mulch helps to lock in moisture and prevents the soil from drying out too quickly. Mulch also provides a nutrient-rich environment for your plants to grow and thrive in while deterring weed and pests.

Beautify your landscape

When your property is all cleaned up and you’ve finished planting an array of beautiful flowers, your final step in your spring landscaping project will include adding some entertainment essentials. Spring up some vibrant patio furniture, roll out the handy BBQ and install some low voltage lighting to illuminate your landscape. Start by strategically placing some path lights along your garden walkways, continue by installing some step-deck lights on the siding of your deck’s footsteps, then anchor some pond lighting for a unique aesthetic glow and even place some directional lights within your garden to uplift a ray of illumination across your property. Now, if you already possess some state-of-the-art illumination perhaps you should consider a budget-friendly upgrade to some low voltage lighting. It’s an eco-friendly, long-lasting and economical investment for any homeowner.

What type of low voltage lighting do you use in your garden? Tell us in the comments section below.