Wednesday, May 18, 2022 / by Sonya Reiselt
Creating connections with nature and each other is greater than ever and with summer just around the corner, now is the time to tackle those gardening & outdoor projects to take advantage of those connections during the Summer and Fall months.
A Social Front Yard
Did you know that one of the top places to gather over the past couple of years during the pandemic was the front porch! It really made us nostalgic for days gone by when families routinely sat on front porches and gathered with their neighbors and friends. Those days are back, we’re happy to say so the need to amp up those front porches is greater than ever. Get ready for socializing with comfortable seating, inviting colors, tables, good lighting, a great area rug, and an assortment of colorful container plants. Don’t have a porch? You can do the same with a front yard patio!
A Backyard for Bird Watching
The sales of bird feeders and seeds increased by 50% during the pandemic, as homeowners learned more about the birds that called their yard their home. Today more homeowners are seeking to build bird-friendly habitats, including plants and shelter, allowing for birds to thrive in their backyards. Discover which birds call your yard their home, do a little research on their needs, and plant accordingly. Soon you’ll have a front-row seat to these lovely beings and their morning songs.
Lush, Colorful Gardens
While not new on the list, it’s always a must and highlight for most homeowners. After all, who doesn’t love a garden rich in an assortment of lush, gorgeous, colorful flowers that bloom from Spring to Fall? When choosing your plants, it is important to choose for the zone of your region/state and city, choosing carefully for sun and shade, varying heights, and including greenery for balance. Pantones’ color of the year is purple…so you’ll want to make sure to incorporate it! And remember, the year of monochromatic planting is gone. Your yard should represent energy and personality. Have some fun and show your true colors!
The Vegetable Garden for you…and Others
With food prices soaring, many are turning to planting their own gardens- space permitting- to ensure food supply and save valuable dollars. Choose vegetables that your family enjoys and that grow well in your region. Before beginning, remember to prep your soil and give it the necessary minerals to maximize your efforts. Stake vines and leave enough space for plants to flourish. It may also be wonderful to plant additional rows for your local food bank or neighbors in need. While we are hopeful that prices will go down in the near future and shortages will subside, planning for emergencies and our neighbors is always the kindness that should be shown.
Create an Outdoor Office Space
Wow! What a great concept for the summer months. Who wouldn’t love working outdoors in a beautiful garden atmosphere while doing their work for the day?? I know I sure would. With 53% of the workforce still doing some kind of hybrid working arrangement, it is an ideal situation to breathe in the fresh air (not stuffy office air- or being cooped up inside a house) and do your work for the summer. Plus, how much better will your Zoom meetings look? You can easily create a workspace on a patio, front or back porch by adding a table or small desk, computer, additional lighting, monitors if necessary, and a comfy chair. Then just get to work. What a glorious reprieve from the everyday office setting.
It's the year to think out of the box and enjoy your home and yard and the people you share it with.
If you’ve outgrown your space, let’s schedule a time to chat and see if we can find you a home more suitable for your needs. I’m here to help in any way I can.