Before we get busy and just go plant something, we need to pull back. Think big picture.
What do you want your landscape, your balcony, your front porch, your patio, your curb appeal to do for YOU? Where does your landscape meet your life and how can you make it better?
If your outdoor space is where you want to live (or want to live more) in the warm months, do everything you can to make it friendly for you, your family, your guests.
- Do you need an expanded lawn area for little soccer players to kick the ball around?
- Has the dog worn trails across the grass that need to be remedied?
- Would an outdoor food prep area make entertaining easier?
- If you added some color and greenery to your patio, would that draw you outdoors more?
- Could a real fire pit create a gathering place for the teenagers you'd like to keep closer to home?
On the practical side, a new design can be a problem-solver. Creating the big picture perspective for your space (even a very small one) will also point out problem areas that could be solved. Screening off the AC unit or solving a drainage problem by the downspouts isn't as much fun as adding a fire pit. But solving those problems along the way will help your state of mind and safeguard your property.
This weekend, if you're out planting carrot seeds or pushing petunias into pots, get a fresh take on how you want your landscape to meet up with your life.
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