Our Patio Upgrade
Our patio needed an upgrade, a massive upgrade. For years, because I was so busy with work and my personal life, I neglected my patio. I had weeds growing along the lines of my fence. The old patio furniture in my yard was cracking and peeling. To be fair, they were handed me downs from my aunt when she bought new patio furniture. I think it’s time for me to do so as well. I want my patio to serve two purposes. I needed it to look great as well as be functional. It wasn’t either, and that was just a tragedy in of itself.
But before I decided to jump into the patio furniture games, I really wanted to improve the landscaping in my patio. I wanted beautiful plants and trees. I wanted the weeds to go away, so I knew it was time for to take a trip to my local garden center around my house, which is the Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating. They had beautiful lush flowers and gorgeous trees. Since I was a little new to this, the staff at their garden center was more than happy to help me. I received advice and tips to help my plants get the best chance possible.
Even with gorgeous new patio furniture, it’s not enough. Plants and nature are what makes a patio inviting and signals my guests to come and relax on my patio. I was careful not to have too many flowers in my yard. The reason is that I didn’t want to attract too many bugs, in particular, any bugs with stingers. I don’t want to be terrified of my patio. I choose brightly colored foliage plants and the few flower plants I bought; I keep them in the farthest ends of the terrace to ensure safety.
My patio was in need of natural shade. However, trees can quickly become a headache because it may have aggressive tree root systems or can grow so tall that it might become dangerous in a storm and tip over. As advised at Green Thumb, I needed to choose a tree that would be at an intermediate height when it achieved maturity. I needed a tree that did not have aggressive root systems and was easy to maintain and clean. I went with a Tabebuia Tree because of beautiful flower system, and it wasn’t so tall that it would become a hazard later. Plus, I get the added bonus or gorgeous yellow and purple flowers during the summer. It would turn my patio into a beautiful summer oasis, which would be perfect for barbecues or just relaxing with a book.
I considered getting hedges to plant around the edges of my patio. I decided against it because I already had a fence that enclosed my yard. Plus, I didn’t want to add more than I could handle because hedges would need to be maintained and cut every few weeks. In the end, my patio came out stunning and just as I imagined it.