Spring has come! If the Covid-19 isn’t completely in the rear-view mirror, you’ll spend a lot of time at home, and the neat landscape will work mysteriously to rejuvenate your mind.
When we start welcoming friends and family home again, the relaxing and safe outdoor environment is a great place for entertainment.
Ken Muellers, senior landscape designer at Hicks Nursery in Westbury, wants to get the most out of his space this spring.
Nowadays, flexible outdoor design is the key.
The patio can have both an intimate bistro table for two and a large conversation area with spillover seats on the lawn for people to spread as needed.
“If the lawn area is flat, there’s no reason why the party can’t grow into the lawn area,” says Muellers.
Portable potted plants that can follow the sun as the seasons change are another great way to achieve a flexible landscape.
“If you need more space, you can remove it from the deck and put it elsewhere in the yard,” says Muellers. “If you want to look beautiful, put it near your house.”
Addition by subtraction
In many established landscapes, patios and decks have been filled with shrubs that separate people from the garden and limit space.
“Occasionally, removing hedges, pruning hedges to expand the landscape, and opening walkways and spaces can be assets,” says Muellers.
Overgrown yew and holly (Japanese holly) For example, you can benefit from extreme spring pruning.
Adding stepping stones such as blue stones can complement the main patio and create a more casual environment.
“We have more space without compromising our existing patios and decks,” says Muellers. “That’s the key. It’s a way to add-ons without looking like add-ons.”
Extension of season
A gas-powered or wood-burning fire pit has two functions that act as both a backyard focus and a heat source.
“It also works well to extend the rally a little better in the evening,” says Muellers. “You have warmth. With the light from the fire pit, it can be a great element in the landscape.”
To extend the season, focus on the progress of flowering. The plants bloom at the beginning of the season, during the summer, and in the fall.
“It is done in multiple layers, from canopies, flowering trees, flowering shrubs, perennials to supplementing it with even annuals and tropical plants in the summer months, giving it that extra pop color. Mullers explains.
As you spend more time outdoors, you will want more privacy from your neighbors hanging out in their garden.
“Evergreens are a great way to protect privacy between homes,” says Muellers.
For small properties that don’t easily meet the 20-foot-wide spruce and pine boundaries, try plants that grow to fit the size of the property, such as Skip Laurel and Emerald Green Arbor Vita. Both are tall and narrow and work well in tight places. Space, Mueller be careful.
To reduce the noise level from other properties, add a water feature that helps attenuate the sound.
“We counter that by creating our own white noise,” says Muellers.