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Color In Full Bloom

Now that we've figured out how to add some color to our kitchens, let's figure out how to make those colors pop in our yards! Creating and maintaining a beautiful yard amps up your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. Don't credit yourself with having a green thumb? Don't worry. It doesn't have to be as hard as you think. Let's look at a few tips and tricks to making your yard more colorful, look bigger, and less buggy!

1. Fill a basket with your tools.

How annoying is it to get all set up in an area of your yard and realize that you forgot something? You then have to trek all the way back to the garage or shed and dig around in all kinds of stuff just to find your trowel. Keep all of your tools in a cute, little basket. With all of your tools in a handy basket, you'll not only have everything you need, you'll also look super chic carrying it around your yard!

2. Keep garden tools sharp.

It is so frustrating to be working in your yard and have tools that aren't standing up to the job. By keeping your tools sharp and in working order, you're more likely to be able to slice through those tough roots and break up hard soil. You can keep your tools in tip top shape by purchasing a mill file at your nearby hardware store.

3. Make a small yard look larger.

Admit it. We all want a bigger yard but don't want all the maintenance that comes along with it. Good news though! There are things you can do to a small yard that make it visually look larger. By planting rows of plants that are all at different heights, you create some depth in your yard. Notice in the picture how their fence is a little taller than their tallest plants, which are a little taller than their bushes, which are a little taller than the flowers. All these varying heights create more dimension in your yard, so it seems bigger!

4. Plant a variety of plants.

By planting a wide variety of plants, you have a greater chance of having an appealing yard year round. Different plants and flowers have different blooming seasons. How great would it be to have a yard that constantly has something blooming in it? Sounds pretty dreamy!

5. Choose plants that offer multiple blooms per season.

Plants that offer multiple blooming periods per season is like getting more bang for your buck. With more blooms in your yard, it will look a lot more expensive to keep up than it actually is.

6. Mix some greenery.

Add some interest to your backyard! By mixing some greenery, you make your yard really something to look at. It'll make people stop, look, and be green with envy!

7. Make red mulch work for you.

If you have trees in your backyard that make it hard to grow stuff underneath them, just add some red mulch! The mulch will help make your yard look more finished compared to having patches of bare dirt under the trees. It was also add a nice contrast of color against all the green!

8. Be the one with the greener grass.

Grass not as green as you'd like it to be? Check the levels of iron and magnesium in your soil. These nutrients are what give your lawn its rich, green color.

9. Don't try to save time by cutting grass too short.

A lot of people think that if they cut their grass really short, then that saves them time in the long run because they won't have to cut it again as quickly. Wrong! They say that your grass should not be shorter than two inches. Cutting your grass too short is another reason why your grass may not be as green and luscious as it should be.

10. Check to see if your seeds are still usable.

It's so disheartening to plan a whole handful of seeds in early spring just to wait and wait and have nothing come up. Avoid that whole scenario by checking first to make sure that your seeds are still usable. Older seeds are not always still able to produce a plant. Check your seeds by doing the paper towel trick. Click here for more information.

11. Strengthen your seedlings.

Make those little suckers strong! Add a little fertilizer to the water when watering your seedlings. The fertilizer will help make them stronger and more successful during their transplant.

12. Don't transplant on a sunny day.

Transplanting your seedlings in the glare of the sun can dry them out faster than you can get them back in some soil. Moisture is key. Wait for a cloudy day or transplant at dusk. Another helpful tip would be to wait to transplant until right after it has rained. That way the soil has plenty of moisture to offer the seedlings!

13. Give plants a good soaking.

Plants are much healthier when you give them a good soaking once a week rather than giving them a little bit of water multiple times a week. When you only water your plants with a little bit of water, there isn't enough water that makes its way down to the roots. The leaves and soil soak up the water before the roots can get to it. If you give it a healthy soaking of water, the roots can soak up as much water as they need and are good until next week.

14. Repel ants & mosquitos.

Plants such as spearmint, peppermint, and pennyroyal repel ants. Plant these in a border around your yard. Also, mosquitos can't stand the smell of marigolds. Marigolds will add a beautiful pop of color to your yard AND repel mosquitos!? Put this flower at the top of your list now!

What are you waiting for now? Go out there are turn your yard into the yard of your dreams!