Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Newest Backyard Phase

Last month, we extended our paved backyard patio by three feet, and had three more trees planted.  This extension closed off our square in-ground planters, so we're ready to pick plants now.  And since I have a hard time making decisions when given many choices, I think these planters will remain empty for the long, hot summer.   We're not in the backyard too much these days anyway, preferring the cool comfort of indoors.

We still have A LOT of backyard left.  Planning future projects is rather overwhelming.   More pavers?  Grass?  Layout/design?  More plants?  What to do ... what to do?
We've been toying with the idea of artificial turf.  Looks great year round, virtually no maintenance.  But we LOVE grass.  And grass does tend to cool the surrounding air by a few degrees.   But it is a lot of work, and takes a lot of water.  
Tonight we went to a party at Jonathan's boss' house.  And the backyard blew us away - see pics and video below! 
Artificial turf gets really hot in the sun, but it was fine to walk on when we got there at about 6:00pm and the sun was still on it.  And it doesn't retain the heat, so once the son is down - or shade is across the grass, it is perfectly fine to walk on. 
Their turf is 5 years old and is one solid color.  But these days, turf comes in a huge variety - some have color variations in the strands just like real grass and looks awesome!
So we're seriously considering artificial turf four our next backyard landscaping phase.

 Okay ... a pool would be fun, too, for our backyard.   But it will never happen.

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