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Now more than ever, we need spaces to relax and recharge. Fortunately, your backyard is there for you. The benefits of time outside are seemingly endless – Vitamin D, better sleep, increased creativity, better focus, a boost of self-esteem. Even chores like mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, or cleaning up the yard offer satisfaction and delight.
Not sure where to start? Here are a six ideas for creating a relaxing and joyful outdoor living space in your backyard.
Nothing beats the soothing look of healthy grass. It’s been a dry spring so we need to start watering now instead of waiting until after Memorial Day like in a normal year.
Existing lawns require at least 1 inch of rain/water per week. A deep, slow soaking is much better than frequent, light watering. Sandy soils require more watering than clay or heavy soils. The best time to water is between 6 to 8 am. Watering in the morning reduces the chance of diseases.
As the season continues, follow the University of Minnesota Extension’s Lawn Care Calendar.
Applying mulch in the spring helps control weeds and retain moisture, which means healthier plants and less maintenance work for you.
When the weather turns warm, a blanket of mulch will help keep moisture in. A layer of 1-2 inches of fine mulch should be sufficient, bulkier mulch should be 3-4 inches deep. Leave 1-2 inches of space between woody stems and tree trunks to prevent damage to your plants and trees.
There is a special kind of pride that comes from cooking with ingredients you’ve grown yourself. You can garden at whatever scale you feel comfortable. Growing fresh herbs in a container is a great way to start.
New to veggie gardens? We have tips for you on our blog.
Reading outdoors is a great pastime. For an ideal experience, you must have protection from too much sun and comfortable seating. Bonus if you have a water feature to provide the tranquil soundscape of running water. 27 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down, Real Simple
Eating an elaborate meal is something everyone enjoys. Make a commitment to level up your grill game and challenge yourself to prepare a gourmet feast over the fire. This summer grilling guide from Bon Appétit is a great place to start.
Shrug off the stress and reset outside. Stopping to smell the flowers, pausing to listen to the sounds of the outdoors, and feeling the sun on your skin can help you recenter when you’re feeling swamped.
Here are some fascinating ways in which nature positively impacts our physical and mental health, providing you with even more reasons to invest in your outdoor space.
You may think those wiggly worms in your soil are helping your garden, but not so fast. Some species of earthworms, such as the Jumping Worm, can negatively impact soil and plant health.
Landscaping is the most natural way to keep your home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.