A beautiful and cool looking yard.Now that summer is here, we can all expect long days of the sun beating down on everyone. While the sun definitely comes with its share of fun, it can become a drag right quick if it is too hot to do anything outdoors. However, there are things you can do to counter the extreme heat in your own little slice of land. Keeping your yard cool can give you a little oasis to relax, have fun, and enjoy company on your own time. To help in that endeavor, here are some tips for keeping your yard cool in the summertime...

Cherry blossomsSpring blossoms are the first signs of warmer days ahead. And after a long winter, they’re a welcome sight. Do you have any beautiful flowering plants in your yard? Bulbs are usually some of the first flowers out of the ground. However, you might have noticed that certain flowering trees and shrubs usually blossom before even the daffodils. April is the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs, so if you’re considering adding some of these blossoming beauties to your yard, here are some ideas to get you started:

Father and sons playingIf you love your yard, you won’t be surprised to learn that that green spaces are scientifically proven to be beneficial. Really, it’s just common sense. Of course it’s good for you if it’s something that makes you happy! But you’ll probably be surprised to hear about the powerful effects of green spaces on the mental and physical health of you and your loved ones. Did you know it might be able to make your kids perform better in school, and even improve the relationships between you and your spouse?

Sprinkler head spraying waterYou love your yard, but you hate seeing the water bill spike when summer comes around. Most of us spend 60% of our water supply on our yards. What if we told you that you could still have a lush, green lawn with a fraction of the water? Here are three simple things that will help you cut back your summer water bill: