If you want a stunning yard, here are a few lawn love tips to get you started.
Background and Focal Point
Perhaps the most important lesson to remember about your lawn is that it serves two purposes in your yard: background and focal point. Grass is the great unifier in most outdoor scenes, and as such, it takes up vast swaths of space. Like the white space around this blog post, grass is necessary, but generally overlooked ― unless something is terribly wrong.
If your lawn is overgrown, covered with weeds, patchy, or dead, it is the first thing visitors will see when they step into your yard. An unkempt lawn immediately grabs the eye, which is why impeccable lawn care is absolutely necessary. Most lawn owners don’t understand the delicate balance of water, light, and nutrients that grass requires to grow lush and healthy. If you don’t have the time to devote to proper lawn care, schedule professional lawn aeration, soil care, pest control, and more.
Shape, Color, Contrast, and Complement
Art is essentially the same in every medium, even landscaping: You manipulate shapes and colors to create contrasts and complements that please the senses. Thus, while you are designing your lawn, it is essential that you consider the shape of your space and the colors of your yard.
Some of the worst landscaping disasters result from a failure to plan for lawn shape. For the most part, yards use two basic shapes: circles and rectangles. Both shapes work exceedingly well in small yards, though usually, larger yards still only combine multiples of these simple shapes. Every so often, a lawn it’s a large, amorphous, curving shape, but this requires quite a lot of space and a good eye for gardening.
Once you decide upon a shape, you can play with contrasting and complementing shapes in other garden features. For example, a square lawn might be surrounded by square pavers but contain concrete or mirrored sphere ornaments. Then, you can add color with flowers and trees ― or keep the space monotone with lush greenery. Your lawn is your canvas.
Another element of your lawn art is the frame that surrounds it. As mentioned before, the lawn should be the background that allows the gardening around it to shine, which means you must pay special attention to the features you use to border your grass. Clear, defined edges are most popular; for these, you can use paving stones, bricks, or other hardscaping that adheres to your yard’s artistic theme.
The Family Lawn
In family homes, the lawn serves two functions: beautiful landscaping and a place to play. Kids cherish any grassy space as a beloved spot for outdoor fun, which usually requires family lawns to be large, open, and flat. However, that doesn’t mean your lawn should be drab and featureless. As long as you leave space for activities, you can create a beautiful space around your fun-filled lawn with arrangements of flowers, shrubs, and other flora. You can also decorate the family lawn with ornaments; you can even get your kids involved by asking them to choose lawn decor that makes them smile.
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The placement of a family lawn is also important. Lawns close patios serve as extensions of this entertainment space, which is particularly valuable during birthdays and warm-weather holidays. Additionally, a grassy space around a pool provides a comfortable place to relax and soak up sun. Family lawns should be practical and convenient as well as gorgeous.
The Secret Garden
While there should always be a central area of your yard, as long as you don’t have little ones to watch over, you can experiment with fun, furtive lawn shapes. Lawns can serve as pathways to other regions of the yard that are blocked from view by flora and other features (In formal gardens, these secluded spaces are called “rooms”).
Twisting grass paths are comfortable and efficient ways to travel around your yard, and they often add visual interest and intrigue ― especially if you provide a reward at the end. Concluding a path with a hidden hammock or bench creates a quiet, private space to enjoy your yard ― and love your lawn even more.
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