Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the city or out in the country, your lawn is the crowning centerpiece that introduces people to your home. Your lawn can elevate the look of your house or create an uninviting scene that lessens the beauty…and maybe even the value.
For some homeowners, though, lawn care is a chore and novice gardeners might find that cultivating an ideal green space seems completely impossible. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, that’s ok. Your lawn doesn’t have to be a work of art to be beautiful.
If you want to curate your green space and create a picturesque backdrop for your house, here are five amazing upgrades for the perfect lawn. And, yes, every single upgrade is suitable for beginners!
Upgrade #1: Flowers to Frame the Entryway
One of the most beautiful ideas for lawns is also one of the easiest: flowers! This upgrade can be as simple as you want, and more experienced gardeners can choose exotic or more delicate floral varieties.
Flowers can be planted as bulbs or seeds. You also can opt for annuals or perennials. What’s the difference? Perennials will bloom once a year every year, as long as you keep the plants maintained. Annuals are planted once, bloom and then die. They will need to be replaced yearly or seasonally.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Proflowers notes that annuals are more of a time investment; you’ll have to buy new varieties each year and plant them. With annuals, however, longevity may be lacking according to Proflowers; this means you might not have a beautiful garden for a long-term lawn look.
Now where do you plant your fragrant flowers? For maximum beauty and to draw attention to your home, use flowers to frame the pathway up to your front door. If you don’t have a walkway, plant flowers near the front of the home to create a pop of color that can be noticed from the street.
Upgrade #2: The Grass Can Always Be Greener
Green grass looks lush and healthy. When hot summers hit, though, your lawn can look dry and parched. Yes, you can use sprinklers to keep the lawn succulent and Kelly green. However, sprinklers can quickly run up the water bill.
Watering the lawn also increases your carbon footprint and wastes energy and natural resources. Instead, choose environmentally friendly ways to keep the lawn beautiful.
Tata & Howard recommend leaving your old grass clippings on the lawn. Why? The site notes that the stuff your mower leaves behind is water rich. So leaving the remains behind might help your grass look better.
If your area isn’t mandating water usage, then, yes, bring out the sprinklers. However, try to water early in the morning and use as little water as possible.
Upgrade #3: Ditch the Grass
A grass-free lawn might sound absolutely insane. However, if you want low-maintenance and a lawn that looks amazing, then alternative options might leave your neighbors green with lawn envy.
The NRDC highlighted the “No-Mow Movement” and, according to the site, the movement can mean leaving grass uncut, opting for “low-growing turf grasses,” choosing wild plants or even opting for fruit and veggie bearing plants.
However, before you stop cutting your lawn or replacing that grass with other greenery, the NRDC also recommends checking local mandates and laws. Some cities might have ordinances on lawn maintenance.
Upgrade #4: Embrace Climate Consciousness
If you live in an area where green grass has been replaced by a heat-induced mirage baking off the dry crumbling dirty patches that masquerade as your lawn, you’re certainly not alone.
Some places of the country aren’t hospitable for lush grass to thrive; especially if the area is conserving water and is plagued by drought. Choosing native plants that can survive in the heat, though, is a great way to perk up your home and your front lawn.
Succulents like cacti produce beautiful flowers and paint the entryway with desert elegance. You can plant or pot these hearty varieties. Some homeowners also may add stone benches or design a rock garden to accent succulents.
Can you still plant flowers in drought-ridden areas? Yes! Many varieties can survive low-water climates. Perennial Resource recommends Achillea, Allium, Baptisia, Delosperma, Echinacea, Iris and more.
Never fight your climate; embrace it, and choose plants that thrive where you live!
Upgrade #5: Use Nature to Create Dramatic Details
Nature is your best paintbrush…and canvas! Many of us think that a lawn is just grass, flowers and trees. Think beyond the green!
Everything that resides naturally in the outdoors can be used to beautify our lawn. Use three big boulders as the centerpiece of a ring of planted flowers.
Do you have an amazing tree in your front lawn? Maybe it’s a huge Oak tree or a fruit-bearing variety. Highlight it! Surround a photogenic tree with other plants or green growth. Consult your local nursery to find plants that will work well next to trees or small shrubs.
Rocks also can be used to line your garden bed. A rocky garden looks great with succulents or moss. You also can decorate rock gardens with etched stone carvings. Check out your local nursery or head online to find fabulous carvings to accentuate your lawn/garden.
Universal Tip: Bee Kind
No matter where you live or how hot or cold your climate, try to plant something that will attract pollinators (unless, of course, you have a bee allergy!). Bees are important to our ecosystem and without them our food sources would dwindle.
Don’t use pesticides that could harm or kill honey bees and pollinators. Instead, opt for natural solutions to keep problem bugs in check. Ladybugs are great at eliminating aphids, for example. Your local nursery could help you find eco-friendly ways to keep bad bugs in check.
What flowers attract honey bees? The Honeybee Conservancy recommends many options including: Crocus, Hyacinth, and wild lilac in spring; Echinacea, cosmos, and hosta for summer; and zinnia, witch hazel and aster for fall.
Your lawn creates the first impression of your home. Create a beautiful backdrop with lush green grass, flowers, and natural accents. Remember to work with your climate, never against it.
Choose plants that thrive where you live. And you may even consider ditching the grass all together! No matter what you plant, remember to “bee kind;” choose eco-friendly ways of maintaining pest problems and try to stay away from problematic pesticides.