Now is the time to re-think your lawn! Not only can you save on fertilizing, weeding, mowing, and watering chores and bills, you can create an enticing view that stays within the homeowners’ association regulations with Elderyarding®.
If you’ve been active and involved, you may have only seen the front yard in walking to the mailbox or taking out the trash. Other times, you’ve just gone from house to garage to car and flown up and down the driveway.
A sudden illness that lingers or a sorrowful incident may find you spending much time indoors. And suddenly you start noticing that the view into the yard from the windows is dull, dull, dull.
You may have installed a lawn or inherited an existing one when you bought the house. And between pets and children over the years, it’s become a habit to have this spread of green in front.
Now that you’re spending more time looking and looking longer, you see that it looks pretty barren in front, kind of like a green desert with all that grass.
What’s the solution?
To stay young, experts say to keep your brain engaged. This applies to all parts of your brain, not just the part that solves crossword puzzles or Sudoku. And your landscape can help.
And a lot of the recommendations for exercising your senses in your landscape involve your eyesight. After all, much of your enjoyment in nature, beyond smelling the flowers and feeling the breeze on your shoulders, results from having pleasant views to entice you.
As the illustration for this week’s blog shows, a lot of interest and attraction can happen just in a flat surface. Notice that the concrete walk is a fascinating shape, and this shape is emphasized by the contrasting pavers along the edges of walk and deck, and on the planting beds.
This design could stay as is, or it could be improved even more. Consider how a ground cover might look as a replacement for the grass.
- What if the walkway was a tan concrete instead of gray?
- What if the grass areas were instead filled with ground covers in gray or white-and-green variegation?
- What if the shrubs in the existing beds had different texture such as ornamental grasses or big curvy-edged tropical leaves?
Fight the inertia of having a basic green lawn for aging in place! Make your front yard so thrilling to view that you can hardly wait to get up and go look out each morning!
What do you think? Are you ready to make some changes? Please comment and share this post!
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