The sweet seabreeze, the blooming azaleas, and the warmer weather is bound to bring you out of the house this summer. If you’ve recently moved into a new home, now is the time to plan a summer lawn or garden project. And we have some great ideas to start brainstorming!
Once you move into a new home, you’ll want to start planning for a unique outdoor space for both family and friendship. Maybe you finally get to have the big backyard of your dreams, or are downsizing from a larger house to an apartment. Either way, we have some simple DIY landscape project you can start today.
Our green thumb gardeners on staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City created this list of landscaping tips for Florida lawns and gardens:
- Plan for the summer climate – Most plants don’t last in the Florida heat. If you’re going to grow outside, buy hardy tropical plants. Otherwise stick with indoor pots. Aloe and succulents are a great first-time plant to add to patios as well.
- Revamp borders – Walkways, driveways, and house edges are a prime place to start a landscape design. Add new element such as stone or seaglass for decorative appeal. Or add bright summer flowers for a pop of color along your edges.
- Make time for furniture restoration – Is your lawnchair paint chipped? Do you need new upholstery? You’ll never fully enjoy your new backyard if your seating and furniture is dirty, uncomfortable, or out of date. Take the opportunity to shop for unique outdoor furnishings.
- Alternative Patio Seating – You don’t have to limit your furniture to lawnchairs for backyard design. Try adding a hammock or large plush pillows (only for dog-free homes) that are comfortable and rain-resistant. You’ll be surprised how often you’ll be drawn outside to enjoy your yard space.
- Add biodiversity – Lawns and gardens always look better with variety. Plus, domains with more diversity often stay healthier and pollinate more frequently. Rather than sticking to your traditional perennials, have some fun at the garden store buying unique annual plants, dispersing them among your other plants.
- Companion planting – Some plants actually thrive better when you place them with different species. Plants absorb different nutrients from the soil, which is why a monoculture design often requires more work. Let your garden work for you with a companion planting or permaculture design for more elaborate gardening.
- Create the perfect firepit – Summertime is the ideal time for backyard firepit parties and mini-camping nights with family. Shop for an iron firepit, then add some permanent lawnchairs. Place your pit next to a grill for better backyard parties.
- DIY Solar Powered Night Lights – For a fun decoration craft, make your own night lamps from mason jars. Place a solar powered lid on top, and decorative pebbles inside. You can find tutorials on Pinterest for inspiration.
- Seed Bombs – For those not-so-master gardeners, you can create a fun outdoor craft for the kids by making seed bombs. This is a great way to teach children about planting, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something new to grow!
- Maximize the edge – When planning your landscape design, add curve and edge appeal wherever possible. Straight lines leave little to the imagination, and the greatest possibility for growth occurs where two different terrains (say, grass and gravel) meet. So spice up your design with some intricate edges and curves.
- Add square foot box gardens – Many people believe you have to have a lot of space in order to have a garden. But, square foot gardening has become the new trend in urban landscaping. In one square foot, you can grow a mix of salad, herbs and spices.
- Save your scraps – Rather than throwing away carrot tops and onion peels, put them in a compost pile for natural fertilizer. Not only is this option cheaper than store-bought fertilizer, you’ll help soil regain a rich organic mineral content.
- Plant a fruit tree – When designing a home lawn, most people opt for evergreen trees that provide shade and aesthetics year-round. However, adding a fruit tree will add a unique beauty during spring and early summer, when the tree flowers. Plus, you’ll have the experience of eating fruit fresh off the branch, something most people think you only get on the countryside.
- Add windowsill plants – Many herbs will grow great indoors. If you’ve recently moved into an apartment or small town home, you may not have the option for a fully grown garden. But anyone can grow basil, thyme, chives, oregano, or parsley in an indoor planter box.
- An alternative to grass – You move into a new home, and though the neighborhood is great and the house itself is beautiful, the grass is suffering from summer heat. It just doesn’t go with your landscaping plans, but rather than planting more grass, try clover to cover your lawn. Clover doesn’t grow as tall, therefore requiring less maintenance. Plus it will attract bees to pollinate your flowers.
- Go outside! – Too many people spend time and money investing in their new lawn, then never use it. Don’t forget about the outdoor paradise you created once you’ve settled in. Seize the opportunity to spend as much time as possible in your new backyard.
If you have any tips for new homeowners, feel free to comment and share! We’d love to add to this list for future gardens and landscapers alike. Share on social media if you know someone looking to redesign their lawn or has a new home and garden to create.