Getting your house together is a fun and rewarding project that can turn your living space into a home. It’s a big project, and you meticulously design each room to your liking, checking off the boxes as you go. With your home in place, it’s time to turn to your yard.
Enjoying your Colorado landscape design is one of the best reasons people are moving here in record numbers. If you’re lucky enough to live nestled up against the Front Range of mountains, you already have a luxurious natural backdrop for your outdoor living space. But if you don’t live quite near the mountains, there are ways to boost your home’s landscaping so you feel more connected to nature. It’s also more aesthetically pleasing to improve your yard and turn it into a space you want to spend time in.
In this article, we’ll break down five ways to improve your home’s outdoor landscape. We’ll look at sustainable options, ways to improve your yard’s plant life, cool innovations you can implement, and more. In the end, you’ll have a space that feels just like home both indoors and outdoors.
Implement A Native Garden
Building a garden with some of Colorado’s beautiful native flowers, such as native herbaceous perennials, will bring your outdoor space to new life. Also, allowing native plants to thrive in your living space will boost the local ecosystem in your neighborhood and promote stronger plant and animal life. Plus, you’ll have a fun new project to work on outside, which will bring you outdoors more and boost your connection to nature in the comfort of your own home.
This is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to improve your outdoor space. You can create family memories by taking care of your plants together, or even by growing your own ingredients for cooking family meals. You can’t go wrong with a garden (unless you use invasive plant species of course).
Consider a Natural Gas Fire Pit
A fire pit is an ideal gathering place for storytelling and sharing memories, and it has been since the dawn of time. In states such as Colorado, you aren’t allowed to burn wood or other materials; you must have a natural gas or propane fire pit. But this still allows you to congregate outside for a comfy night in, host friends and family for a drink, or spend more time outdoors when the colder months hit. It’s a comforting, small luxury that you can enjoy by yourself or with company. It adds a level of class to your outside space that binds civilization to the outdoors.
While this may cost you more money than say, a garden, it will be worth it as you spend more time outside and enjoy your home’s outdoor space more than ever.
Try An Outdoor Kitchen
If you love to go outside, and you love to cook, an outdoor kitchen is an obvious solution for boosting your yard’s landscape. You can host parties when it’s pleasant outside, grill, sautee, and cook full meals for your family or your guests. Many landscaping companies are offering outdoor kitchens in the Colorado area because of the state’s vast amount of sunshine per year and plethora of native ingredients, like premier cattle and green chiles.
Take your culinary skills to the next level by cooking in a new and exciting environment. Try out some recipes you’ve never tried before, and impress your guests by showing off your yard and cooking for them while they enjoy your space. This way you don’t have to miss out on a beautiful day by cooking a lengthy meal indoors. Just make sure you’re using the right materials for your outdoor kitchen. Especially when it comes to furniture or floorings like instead of choosing a wood material, you might want to consider using a composite decking material to avoid time-consuming maintenance.
Install A Small Fountain
Is there anything more relaxing than listening to running water? That’s what your own yard fountain can do for you. There are a variety of small fountain nozzles available on the market that allow you to customize the water flow and create different effects. Whether you want gentle streams or cascades, there’s likely a nozzle suitable for your needs. Many modern fountains can conserve water as well, which not only is a positive for the environment but also won’t spike your water bill. The water is recycled and reused through the fountain, which isn’t wasteful. Make sure your potential fountain does this, otherwise you can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
This can also attract wildlife to your yard, which could be positive or negative. If you’re happy to see a variety of critters throughout your yard, go for it! Small animals like birds, squirrels, rabbits, and even foxes could benefit from fresh, drinkable water in your yard. However, watch out for your pets and children and keep them in mind when implementing a new fountain in your outdoor space.
Plant a Tree (with Permission)
Planting a tree in your backyard is one of the best ways to improve your little ecosystem at your home. It provides more fresh air, more animals, stronger plants, and more shade to your yard. Keep in mind many cities and counties require special permission before planting a tree in your yard. It can be fun and sentimental to watch a tree you plant grow over the years. Your kids will be able to climb in it, and you can enjoy making your home feel more like a home by implementing something there that will last a lifetime and beyond.