Landscaping can be a lot of fun and it really has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced working with plants and hardscaping materials, you could have a very difficult time landscaping your yard. On my website you will find a lot of how-to instructions that can help you with the most basic landscaping projects. You will also find a few tips that can help you maintain your professionally landscaped yard. With a little information, you can have the yard that everyone in the neighborhood wants and admires and you will find that information on my website.
Spending time in the backyard is almost always ideal during summertime with warm weather, which makes it perfect for grilling, swimming, soaking in the sun, and enjoying other outdoor activities. But, if your backyard gets excessively hot throughout summer, you may be hesitant to spend much time in the yard. While you can invest in hardscape solutions that will help to cool down your backyard, you can also take advantage of improvements to the landscape to achieve the same results.
Plant Trees with Large Canopies
Protecting as much of the yard as you can from the sun will help you maintain a comfortable temperature. While just about any tree will have a beneficial impact, not every tree is optimal for this situation. It is important to look at species that have large canopies, such as maple, elm, golden chain, pine, and holly. Evergreens will keep their leaves all throughout the year, so they are perfect for warm climates, where the hot temperatures do not go away completely. As for climates with cold winters, you will enjoy deciduous trees that lose their leaves in winter, which helps you warm up the backyard with the sun.
Grow the Right Grass
It is also crucial to grow the right grass. It can be a little tricky when you want to shade part or most of your yard with future tree growth, but there are several sturdy options to choose from. These include Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue for dry summers and Buffalo grass or Zoysia grass for mild winters. All of these grasses can withstand the heat and cold, while also being able to handle foot traffic.
Make Use of Vines
If you would like to make use of another way to naturally cool down your yard, you should grow vines. To enjoy fast growth and to provide plenty of shade, you should choose the right vines. For instance, grapevines are ideal, as they want to be in full sun, and as a result, they will give you lots of shade and grapes. Some options for growing them are on a trellis or even along the walls of your house. If you already have a pergola in your backyard, you can grow vines in-between the gaps to gain more protection.
Wearing loose clothing and bringing a mister outside are two ways to help you stay cool, but you should also have an effective landscape setup to provide a cool backyard for both family and friends to enjoy.