Have you ever looked out over your front lawn and wondered why you pour so much effort into a space you don’t actually use? Every summer you water, you fertilize, you cut, you weed (or maybe you get us to do it [Sorry, couldn’t resist the plug]). But do you ever walk on your front yard (other than to cut it), or lounge on it as strangers walk by, and cars zoom past in a cloud of noise and exhaust? Just writing the sentence makes me want to retreat to the well-landscaped sanctuary of the backyard.
So why are you still pouring all that energy into a front lawn you don’t use year after year? Perhaps it’s time to switch up the plan and create something more useful, or at least less energy intensive.
Farming is big business in southern Alberta, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a part-time hobby as well. Plus, think of the wonderful you’ll have all summer long.
Front yard farms are trending in large cities, where lawns are often seen as underutilized and unfriendly to the environment. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us when we see the word farm are the commercial ones that cover southern Alberta – and few want a front yard with an irrigation pivot, even if you do live in Burdett. But, most farms don’t have access to great landscapers like the ones here at Infinity. We’ve got ideas for days that would make your front yard both beautiful and productive.
Go All Ornamental
Now, we’re working against our own interests here a little bit, but still, going lawn free may be the answer for you. That doesn’t mean a front yard of dirt or weeds. With proper landscaping, you can create a wonderful front yard of purely ornamental plants.
The key for the first is to know what plants grow here in southern Alberta with little help because the idea here is to spend less time on your front yard. One of the keys to that is knowing the plant hardiness zone of Lethbridge. If this sounds nice, give us a call, and we can help you create a yard that looks good winter and summer.
Now, we’re not talking playground pebbles, but a rock garden in your front yard is the easiest front yard idea possible. The rocks won’t wilt or die during the hot, dry summer months, and they won’t go brown in the winter, leaving an unpleasantly coloured yard during the inevitable chinooks. In fact, rock gardens will always stay the same.
Once again, the key here is having a plan. And, once again, we can help. From dry creek beds to rock gardens with water features, a rock garden is only limited by your imagination, and we have some pretty grand imaginations.
The Front Yard For You
Your front yard shouldn’t be a time sink that doesn’t give back. If you’re sick of having a front lawn that only ever seems to ask for more every year, consult a great landscaper (we know a couple) to see where you can go with your front lawn.