Green thumb or brown thumb?
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I grew up with parents that loved to build new homes. Well, as you know, with new construction also comes the challenges of putting in a new yard of some type or another. As a child, I remember my dad was the do-it-all type of guy. He would build the house and then he would construct the fence and the final touch was the beautiful yard. Please remember, my mom was at his side the entire time, working just as hard. These are vivid memories of each step my parents would take to make sure the yard was perfect.
I want you to picture this memory with me. My dad is 6-foot, 4 inches, and I always thought he was a huge guy, as most little girls do. Anyway, my dad would take a 4×8 board and drill holes into each end. He would proceed to take a rope and tie it to each end of the board. On top of the board, he would place four or five cinder blocks for weight. Positioning the rope around his belly, off he would go, dragging that board around in circles until the ground reached perfection. I am so glad technology has advanced. I do have to admit that I have used the board technique before, and it does work.
To this day, I am not sure if my parents’ hard work and determination for a beautiful yard was hereditary, or if I was destined to want the yards I grew up in. Either way, I love landscaping, and it seems to run in my veins.
I can honestly say I have done it all. From using a tractor to smooth the dirt (not a board), to laying the sod and hauling rocks to build a pond or planting trees, you name it, I have tried it. What is weird is this does not seem like work to me. The satisfaction of standing back and looking at your accomplishment is the best feeling I have ever known.
The hardest obstacle for me to overcome is that all of the grass and bushes and flowers require a lot of water. As I get older, I know that water is a very short commodity and we need to learn how to conserve. So fear not, I have learned a lot about xeriscaping, and I believe we can accomplish the same beautiful yard by just choosing wisely on how we plant and what we plant.
Many of the same steps must be followed no matter what type of landscaped yard you are trying to create. Always plan and design your area comprehensively. Take a step back and visualize your end result. Make sure your soil has been evaluated and improve if necessary by adding mulch and the proper organic matter.
Create a practical lawn area. Grass will define certain sections and can easily be separated by planting trees, shrubs and ground cover material. Always be sure to research your plants and choose the appropriate greenery that is water wise and will grow properly in the soil and dirt and that particular part of your yard. Go to one of our local nurseries and ask questions. We have an abundance of knowledge in our valley.
There is a wealth of information to be had when needing help with your landscaping techniques and designs. If you haven’t checked out Pinterest, now is a great time to start gathering those ideas for fall or possibly next spring’s plantings. My advice is not to tackle all of your yard at once. Take your ideas and plan on doing one section at a time.
Large yard or small yard, the creativity is limitless. Go out and enjoy the great Colorado outdoors and increase your curb appeal and value of your home all at the same time.
Brown or green thumb, who cares? It’s OK to get your hands dirty.
Danette Dickey is a broker at Real Estate Out West.
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