Garden Refresh Finding Low Stress Solutions To Freshen Up Your Front Yard

Garden Refresh Finding Low Stress Solutions To Freshen Up Your Front Yard

Your House To Be by Ryan Rose


Garden Refresh. Finding low stress solutions to freshen up your front yard, another perspective from Ryan Rose at Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC,

We hear this all the time, “keep it simple” When it comes to gardening this philosophy of keeping it simple will reduce stress and reduce upkeep for years to come. Here are 10 helpful tips to start your gardening season.

  • Know your climate – that seems like a simple task, understand Denver is an arid high plain. Purchasing plants at a local nursery doesn’t always mean the plants you are buying are native and drought tolerant. Keep an eye out for labels such as native and drought tolerant. A stress-free garden starts with selecting plans that naturally want to grow in your yard.

  • Know your ecosystem- plants are an important part of the environment, not only will they help cool your house in the summer, protect your patio from strong winds, but also consider your plant selection as food source for wild life. Plant with habitat in mind. Evergreens are great winter shelter for birds. Plants with berries or fruit provide food for a variety of birds.

  • Plan your path ways- It is important when you lay out your garden you keep in mind traffic flow, make sure you plan a path to your side gate if you have one that connects to useful items like your water spigot. A useful trick is to take a garden hose or two and lay them on the ground where you would like the path to go, it is a great way to help you map out without moving around heavy stepping stones.

  • Avoid grass lawns or pick an alternative – Kentucky Blue Grass not only is not native the United States but it is also from a drastically different climate than Denver requiring an unsustainable amount of water and fertilizer to keep it green. Consider adding artificial play turf in areas what are used often. The unused or under used part of the yard consider converting to native plant boarders. If you need a lawn, consider low water / drought tolerant turf types.

  • Know the difference between perennials and annuals – A simple way to remember when you are at the nursery, Perennials = Pest. Perennials return like a pest every year. Plant these to keep the spring planting yard work to a minimum.

  • Pick 7- Nurseries can be overwhelming with selections. Keep it simple. Don’t try to get a little of everything. Pick a color theme and 7 key plant species. Focusing on a color and only a few plants will keep a strong unified look.

  • Soil prep – It is much easier to amend the soil before you plant your garden then to have to fix it later. I use organic compost and manure in a hole at least twice as large as the plant. I typically mix 1/3 of each with a 1/3 of native soil. Water the hole before placing the plant.

  • Invite friends- working alone can be peaceful but if you have a big project invite a few friends over. In a couple of weeks, you can return the favor.

  • Share plants with neighbors – with neighborhood pages on facebook and apps like nextdoor reach out to your neighbors, find out what is thriving in their yards and create a network to share plants that might be over populating someone else’s yard.

  • Mix in edibles- There is no reason why your yard should only be aesthetic. Take the opportunity to incorporate some plants you can harvest. Rhubarb has beautiful large leaves, strawberries make a great ground cover and use raspberries as a border hedge.

Gardens shouldn’t be stressful, enjoy that time outside with friends and family. I hope these 10 pointers provide a lower stress gardening season for you and your home!

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