Ways to Revitalize Your Backyard – Park City Nurseries
As woodland critters come out to play, local flora blooms and summer sunshine warms our mountain town, Parkites are entertaining, gardening and relaxing in their backyards. Many of our readers are looking for ways to freshen up their patio, lawn or garden, so we reached out to local home and garden experts to share these creative tips and suggestions.
COUNTRY GARDENS NURSERY
Would you like to add a lawn or a green area for the kids to play, but don’t want to worry about maintenance watering, dead spots or problem areas? Country Gardens Nursery (CGN) in Heber proposes installing high quality turfgrass this summer or fall. Stop by their new help desk and speak to a personal gardening consultant to learn about options and layout ideas. CGN also recognizes that landscaping and gardening can be intimidating and you may not know where to start. Their experts will cover all the bases, from education and consultations to drought-resistant products and sourcing. They will also assist with plant and flower choices, or any topic of concern or curiosity.
“If you are looking at big orders or unique varieties, there is a chance that you may not be able to get it this year because of the COVID shortages,” explained General Manager, Megan Mounteer. “But what’s nice about CGN is that we do special orders, and we talk to all growers, starting from those closest to us, and we also track down the best price.”
Want to add personality to your outdoor area with very little effort? Stop by Backyard Birds in Salt Lake City and check out their huge selection of unique bird houses and distinctive yard ornaments. This locally-owned garden shop is jam packed with amusing and original pieces including nesting boxes, garden gnomes and solar bird baths. By placing even one of these original items in your yard, you’re sure to inspire compliments from your neighbors.
DETAILS COMFORTS FOR THE HOME
If your patio has limited space, Steve Hatch, owner of Details Comforts for the Home, suggests selecting one central furniture piece. For example, Details offers the Boca outdoor sofa which allows for entertaining without taking up too much space. Plus the natural teak wood will gradually change to a distinguished finely aged finish. You can add extra charm with a throw blanket or multi-colored pillows. Hatch’s favorite accessory is one of Annie Selke’s polka dot pillows.
The women behind Beljar Home in Heber encourage homeowners to embrace the fresh air of summer and fall. Owners Aimee Simpson and Desiree Ashworth suggest eating al fresco this season by creating an outside dining area. Depending upon the size of your backyard, you can opt for a family-style dining table or a tiny bistro version. Make the space fun and inviting by adding playful placemats and dishes, and by stringing-up colorful lights to brighten up the back porch. Another simple idea is to bring summer inside by opening your shutters and windows, and changing out pillows. Simpson proclaims, “Don’t worry so much about what people think. Open your windows. Let people look inside. Place potted plants inside and outside. The way we love to live is by embracing imperfections. Choose quality over quantity and let your heart lead the way when it comes to decorating your home and yard.”
PARK CITY GARDENS
Are you trying to keep your lawn healthy while still being savvy about water and energy usage? Park City Gardens advocates for strategic lawn and garden care. You should not water your lawn every day, and never water during rain or snowstorms.
Their experts propose setting your sprinkler system to turn on for two to three shorter periods, instead of one 20-minute cycle. Additionally, their nursery carries various drought-resistant species that are cold hardy for Utah’s climate. Some species can even survive with little to no additional water after becoming established in your lawn or garden. “Remember, conserving water is not like being punished; it’s gardening with a conscience, and it is better for your plants,” explains owner, Sophy Kohler. For beautiful seasonal flowers and herbs, the Flower Barn is the full-service blossom shop selling locally farmed florals, vegetables, fall pumpkins and gourds, indoor tropical plants and outdoor flowering plants. The knowledgeable staff at Park City Gardens can help you choose the perfect greenery for your yard and tell you exactly how to care for it.
PEBBLES & TWIGS FURNITURE CONSIGNMENT
If you don’t have the time to refresh your entire outdoor area, the associates at Pebbles & Twigs favor replacing one remnant from your summer decor. A small change can actually make a big difference, so select a distinct notable and display it with pride. Pebbles & Twigs continually receives favorites like rattan and iron outdoor chairs, steel side tables and ceramic vases.
For those without green thumbs who still love the look and effect of florals’ natural features, Sue Geyer and Kris Ward of Branching Out have the perfect solution. The pair take local felled aspen and birch wood and transform them into art for your home. The branches and trunks are strung with high-quality copper LED lights with a soft, whimsical glow. Their suggestion for livening up your outdoors—keep a balance of rustic and fresh, which they create with their repurposed trees and faux florals. The faux plants reflect Utah’s in-season foliage to blend in naturally with succulents, sage, pussywillow, reed and more. This allows for the perfect low-maintenance and drought-resistant touch of outdoor décor. Exclaim Geyer and Ward, “Our motto is we’re drought resistant, and you won’t know the difference.”
Because the faux plants and florals add character and color to your yard, without the need for constant upkeep and watering, this is a great solution for people that are only here part-time but want their patios and outdoor areas looking lively and summery. And the materials hold up against the mountain’s high altitude sun so the structures can stay on the front step or back patio all season long.
ROBERT KELLY HOME
Summer is about kicking back and enjoying the season and what is a backyard without a relaxing lounge chair? At Robert Kelly Home you will discover the perfect style for your deck or patio. From double chaise loungers and woven recliners to round rope swivel chairs and wicker wing chairs, let their professional designers guide you to the ideal match for your space and surroundings.