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Make Your Backyard the Hottest Spot This Summer with kwELITE’s Killer Landscaping Tips!

Article from VRLY Something Good Magazine, Issue 19. See the full magazine here:

Summer’s here, and it’s time to level up your outdoor living game! We have your back with some cool tips to turn your backyard into the ultimate hangout spot!

First up, choose plants that can take the heat without taking up all the water. Lisa Saenz, one of kwELITE’s realtors, says succulents, lavender, and ornamental grasses are the way to go. They look great and won’t make your water bill go through the roof.

Mulch is like the wingman of the plant world. Trent Stempek, another kwELITE realtor, says to spread that stuff on your flower beds and borders like you’re tucking them in for a cozy nap. It helps keep the moisture in, the weeds out, and your plants’ roots nice and happy.

Watering at the right time is key. The experts say to do it early in the morning or late at night when the sun isn’t trying to drink it all up. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses are like giving your plants a secret underground water supply.

Group your plants together like they’re at a party – the ones that like to hang out and socialize, and the wallflowers separately. It makes watering a snap and keeps your plants happy.

Don’t forget to give your plants a summer trim! Regular pruning keeps them looking fresh and encourages them to grow like crazy.

When the sun’s out to play, a little shade is necessary. Lisa Saenz says to add some pergolas, arbors, or shade sails to create cool spots to kick back. Trees are like nature’s umbrellas, so make sure to plant plenty of trees as well.

Native plants are the MVPs of summer landscaping. They’re already used to your area, so they don’t need a lot of babysitting. Plus, they support the local ecosystem.

Pests and diseases can really harsh your landscaping mellow. Trent Stempek says to use some integrated pest management tricks to keep the critters and plant drama under control without going chemical crazy.

To really enjoy your outdoor pad, create some sweet lounging areas. We’re talking comfy patios, slick decks, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and water features. Your backyard will be the hottest spot in town!

Finally, show your outdoor space some love. Stay on top of the weeding, edging, and fertilizing to keep it looking tight.

So there you have it – kwELITE’s top tips for making your backyard the place to be this summer. Get out there and start living your best outdoor life!

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