Amie Knight. Backyard. September 20th , 2018.
Anyone who owns a home wants to make it as attractive as possible. One of the first things that people see when they come to visit is the yard and any landscaping work that has been done to it. Because most backyards offer a certain amount of privacy, homeowners often choose to go the extra mile when it comes to landscaping this area of the property. Backyard landscaping ideas are a great way to improve your property, but before you take on such a project, it is vital that you think things through and do the proper planning.
The four basic food groups for birds are Berries, Seeds, Nectar and Bugs. There are several berry plants that are easy to grow (some even wild) that both birds and people love. You can find wild blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, and many more that grow in almost any climate around the world. Some other berries that birds love are mountain ash, service berries, hawthorns, dogwoods, and crabapple. Seeds can easily be store purchased but can also be provided to the birds by planting flowering perennials and even grass seed is a favorite during the winter months when food is scarce. To attract your humming birds and butterflies you will need to plant nectar producing flowers. Nectar rich flowers are easily identified because they usually are brightly colored and have a trumpet flower shape. A few examples would be jasmine, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, salvia, fuchsia and many more. You should have supplemented feed such as bird feeders and nectar feeders all year long but it is very important to keep it filled in the winter months. Bugs are a huge source of food for birds, stop with the pesticides! Not only are they potentially harmful to the environment and your family, they take away a good food source for other living things.
Tip: For those of us who don't live in perfect climates, protect yourself from the elements. Patio and deck coverings protect you and your furniture from unwanted damage due to wind, storms and sun. Watching the rain is much more enjoyable from under a roof! Don't be afraid of incorporating things that are normally considered indoor items.
Beside evergreens, there is another good backyard landscaping idea that is to put up some hardscape. Hardscape here means fences, rocks, walls, etc., and just like evergreens, they also permanently build character to your yard. Hardscape and climbing trees can make the best combination in the summer, while in the winter you can simply set lovely trees around that hardscape. Do not forget that a good backyard landscaping idea uses many elements, not just plants.
2) Incorporate movable landscaping into your backyard. By this I mean potted plants, sculptures, fountains, etc. that can be moved. Using what I call movable landscaping, you can quickly and easily change the layout of your backyard. Just as you change the furniture arrangement of your living room, this gives you the ability to inexpensively give yourself a brand new backyard. You can even create partitions that easily separate the different areas of the yard. Potted plants are a must have because they create that lived in feel. They can be brought inside during the winter and make your home more lively during those cold winter months.
· Although adding exotic plants to your backyard garden may seem like an interesting idea, they can be a high maintenance project all of their own if you do not choose carefully. Consider staying with more basic plants as you are starting out.
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