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Fun Landscaping and Planting Ideas for Spring

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Have some fun over the next few weeks and think about some great ways to enhance the appearance of your lawn and yard. Planting a few spring vegetables can also benefit your kitchen, giving your weeknight menus a little boost (and helping with any new year's diet resolutions that may need a jumpstart). Check out these fun ideas for spring:

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Five Fun Outdoor Ideas for Spring

Imagining new uses for your yard is always fun, and spring is a great time to start planning. Whether your dream is simple or significant, using these last few weeks of winter to plan is a great idea.

  1. Patio: Installing new or redoing your own - a patio is a must-have.
  2. Pool: Always wanted one? Think about lounging by a new pool this summer.
  3. Pond or Well: With the right installation, these can make great back yard additions.
  4. Outdoor Kitchen: A bigger project but a great amenity, this is a great idea if for entertaining.
  5. Exterior Lighting: Lighting can do a lot for your yard, including it making it better for parties.

Five Great Vegetables for Spring

Why let those side sections of your yard go unused? If you've always been interested in planting a vegetable garden, make 2010 the year. There are a few nice vegetable options that you don't have to wait until warm weather to plant.

  1. Lettuce: Low maintenance and high-use, lettuce is a good spring option.
  2. Radishes: Also hearty, radishes can be planted right with lettuce to grow together.
  3. Leeks: Delicious in soups and salads, leeks are a less common but still springy vegetable option.
  4. Dill: Great to have in the kitchen, dill is easy to plant and grow.
  5. Potatoes: Plant-able before the last frost of the season, potatoes are hearty enough to transition well between winter and spring.

Brainstorming a few good ideas like the ones above can get you excited about spring and can also give you some great projects to work on while you let your lawn wake up after winter. Watch for more great spring planting ideas and how to make the most of your lawn and yard before summer.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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