The summer sun can seem too harsh for new plants, which is discouraging for homeowners who want to improve their curb appeal with fresh landscaping. But there are plenty of summer-friendly tips and tricks to keep your yard looking its best. Here are eight summer landscaping ideas from our team at American Custom Contractors.
1. Paint on a bold new fence color.
One of the quickest ways to pack a punch with your landscaping is to freshen up your fence. If every house on your block has a brown wooden fence or a white picket fence, stand out from the crowd with color! Try bright red or turquoise for a summery splash, or go for a subtle sage or teal that will pop year-round.
2. Embrace the cacti trend.
Cacti and succulents are having their moment in the sun lately, and for good reason! These extremely low maintenance plants add greenery and require minimal watering. Add a succulent flower bed or pot to your yard and make sure it gets plenty of direct sunlight. These plants thrive in the summer.
3. Mulch your flower beds.
Have your shrubs and flower beds seen better days? Yard upkeep can be difficult with a busy schedule. Mulch not only covers up gardening issues, it also fertilizes the ground and prevents weeds to help your flowers and shrubs grow.
4. Grab some gravel.
Looking for a quick landscaping solution for an area of the yard that could use some serious TLC? Try laying down some gravel. Gravel stones come in a wide variety of shapes and hues that can make a great accent to any yard.
5. Add some artwork.
When you think of lawn ornaments, little garden gnomes and flashy flamingos might be the first things that come to mind. But you can find some tasteful and unique art pieces for your yard. Add a pop of color with this glass bottle tree, place some funky flower torches around a pool, or section off different flower beds with a garden screen. You can find yard art in every shape, color, and style you can imagine.
6. Include some outdoor living spaces.
Adding some furniture to your front porch or back deck can help your yard look inviting. It combines visual interest and functionality, since you can sit in your outdoor living space and enjoy your yard. It’s also a great investment for entertaining since you will have plenty of outdoor seating for your guests.
7. Stock your kitchen with a veggie garden.
A veggie garden fills up space and adds lots of charm to your yard. As an added bonus, you’ll have fresh produce and spices for your kitchen. If the soil in your yard isn’t right for gardening, try creating a raised bed with fertilized soil.
8. Relax from your hard work in a hammock.
If you still feel like your yard could use a little extra something, try hanging up a hammock. Hammocks are less expensive than most full-blown outdoor furniture, and they are extra comfortable. After your hammock is swinging from the trees, take a break from all the yard work with a nap in the sun!
Summer Landscaping Ideas: Improving Your Curb Appeal
Part of our mission at American Custom Contractors is to help our customers love their homes. Whether you are brainstorming some more summer landscaping ideas to keep your front yard looking fresh, or you need to spruce up your siding or roofing, our team is here to help! Call American Custom Contractors for all of your home improvement needs.
Are you interested in siding or roofing upgrades for your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. home? Our team at American Custom Contractors can help! Give us a call at (301) 327-2013.