Raise your hand if this describes you: every spring you have ambitions of having a beautiful garden, overflowing with flowers or vegetables, that can be enjoyed whenever you entertain outdoors. But somehow things never work out as planned. You water things too much or maybe not enough. It doesn’t quite achieve the look you envisioned. By the end of summer, you’re tired and feel like you’ve worked hard for little return.
We feel your pain. Gardens (and landscaping that makes your neighbors jealous) are a dream that can easily turn ugly. Our fix: do more by doing less. Use these two tricks to make sure your garden and landscaping are everything you dreamed they would be.
Put your watering on autopilot
You know your garden needs regular watering, but it’s a pain to drag the hose through your yard or to lug watering cans back and forth. We have your fix. Add a new hose bib right next to your garden. That’s one less obstacle each day.
Want to go a step further? Install a soaker hose or dripper, along with a timer. In fact, soaker hoses are perfect for the Tennessee climate because they result in less water evaporation by getting water directly to the root zone of a plant .
Many timed irrigation systems can now even be controlled by smartphones, or even adapt to changing weather. A smart irrigation system can save your outdoor water use by up to 50%, according to the EPA.
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Get you lighting game on point
We’ll be honest, the right landscape lighting can make all the difference when it comes to showing off your hard work (or smart work if you automate correctly). When it’s done right, landscape lighting can make your house the envy of your friends and neighbors. The good news? You can get it right without much work.
When setting up your landscape lighting system, you’ll want to consider all the potential highlights in your yard: trees, gardens and landscaping features, home facade, and any other focal points. If it’s too much to think about, don’t hesitate to hire a pro. Click here to enjoy $20 off a Lee Company electrical service call and get your home backyard party ready in no time.
Even better, just like your new automated watering system, you can control many landscape lighting systems with your smartphone. Use dimmers to set the mood, or trigger your lights to turn on when you step outside. The possibilities are wide open and all yours.
Pro tip: Landscape lighting also serves as a powerful home security device, scaring away potential intruders by lighting your home and yard.
Creating the perfect garden and landscaping for your home doesn’t have to be hard work. By working smarter, you can create a perfect marriage of the simplicity of garden life and home automation. It’s a win-win.