Your family yard is extension for your home – providing a respite from stress, offering an outside entertainment area, expanding your living space and giving kids and pets and a safe place to play. Research shows children reap numerous health, social and personal benefits from spending time outside playing. And children who help in the garden will each more fruits and vegetables!
Here are TurfMutt’s top tips to help you get Backyard Ready this spring!
Plan for Fun: Depending on your lifestyle and climate, consider an outdoor room, fire pit, pergola, sandbox (for kids and dogs to dig!), outdoor furniture, or a decorative water feature.
Plant for Kids & Pets: There are many species of turfgrass to choose from. Your local garden center or landscaper can help you identify what will work best for your climate zone and lifestyle.
Remember Wildlife & Pollinators: Grass, trees, shrubs and flowering plants provide food and habitat for birds, small mammals, and pollinators, so plant accordingly.
Take Stock of Tools: Do you need to replace your outdoor power equipment? Want to install a water solution like a smart irrigation system? Plan now so you are ready to roll for spring!
For more information about the value of the family yard and our living landscapes, go to savelivinglandscapes.com
*Source: Utah State University, http://jandonline.org/article/ S2212-2672(16)31296-5/fulltext
*Infographic courtesy of savelivinglandscapes.com