4 Surprising Lawn and Garden Ideas

Many people have a lot of pride in their yards. They spend countless hours making sure their lawns are manicured and their gardens are well tended to and filled with fruits and vegetables. A yard is also where children play and can be a great place to hold parties and events.

You may have thought you had considered everything you can do to improve your lawn and garden. However, that’s not likely the case. There are, in fact, some surprising ideas you may have not even yet considered incorporating into your yard.

Create Exciting Topiaries

Topiary is a form of horticulture in which trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants are trimmed in an effort to create clearly defined and recognizable shapes. Creating topiaries requires some practice and skill. Still, if you can master it, the possibilities are endless. You can trim your shrubs and bushes into the shape of balls, cones, dragons, dinosaurs, gargoyles, castles or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

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Forego Real Grass Entirely

Another thing you may have never considered is having a lawn that you never have to mow. While this sounds too good to be true, it has been true for many football and other sports fields for many decades. Instead of real grass, many sports stadiums implement synthetic material that simulates individual blades of grass. You can use this same kind of artificial turf in your own yard. It will never have to be watered or mowed.

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Build a Koi Pond

You may also want to draw inspiration from the cultures of other countries. One country that has put a strong emphasis on creating aesthetically alluring gardens is Japan. One Japanese element you can add to your own yard, if you live in the right climate, is a koi pond. Creating a livable pond for these beautiful Japanese fish to thrive in is actually easier than you may first assume. There are many tutorials online that can show you how.

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Convert Antiques into Planters

One of the exciting things about creating a garden is that you do not have to be satisfied with simply planting flowers and other plants directly in the soil. Instead, you can create your own planters. One great way to add some rustic charm to your garden is to covert antiques into attractive looking planters. You can transform an old bath tub, an old bed frame, old chairs, an old wheelbarrow, an old bicycle and more into attractive looking planters filled with colorful flowers and plants.

Photo by K. Gennaro Photography

Some people love working in the yard and garden. If that’s the case for you, consider the four exciting options above. A yard or garden with these features is sure to impress just about anyone.

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