When You Need a Backyard Makeover Fast

Fast Backyard Makeover

Sometimes, life's big events have a way of sneaking up on you. Whether it's your turn to host the big family reunion or just a fast-approaching get-together, a special event causes you to see your landscape in a new light.

Don't despair! As long as the clock's still ticking down, there's time for a backyard makeover. Have your lawn and garden looking great when guests arrive by following these makeover tips, based on the time remaining before your event.

Weeks Away

With your party still weeks away, there's plenty of time to get your outdoor spaces in order. Make sure the following tasks are on your to-do list:

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Days Away

The weeks leading up to your event may have flown by, but there's still time to tend to plants before guest arrive. Change your approach with the following tasks for the final days:

  • Forget tight buds when shopping for annuals and perennials; go for color! Look for fully-open flowers and lots of plump, colorful buds ready to spill open.
  • Give plants a quick, pre-event lift while also keeping the long run in mind. A balanced fertilizer, such as Lilly Miller® All Purpose Planting & Growing Food 10-10-10, blends quick-acting and slow-release nutrients for lush, steady growth.
  • Keep new transplants looking like they've been in your garden for weeks with a plant starter, such as Pennington® Ultragreen® Plant Starter With Vitamin B1.
  • Water your existing plants thoroughly and deeply, so they're fresh and well-hydrated when guests arrive.
  • Check your plants for pests, especially on the undersides of leaves, and eliminate the chance of uninvited insect guests. Worry Free® Brand Insecticide and Miticide products, in ready-to-use, ready-to-spray or concentrate forms, are based on a botanically backed formula derived from chrysanthemum flowers. These powerful pesticides kill pests on contact, and then quickly break down in the environment.
  • Consider hanging baskets, either single-flower types or mixed baskets, for quick, colorful coverage. Hang some from strategically placed shepherd's hooks, and plant others. Weave the trailing blooms in and around other plants for an instant garden tapestry.

Hours Away

Even with little time to spare, makeover magic is still possible. Stay focused and put these tried-and-true tactics into action:

  • Forget planting in soil; there's no time for that! Use the same tricks professional event planners use, and go straight for temporary mulch plantings instead. Have your local garden center deliver full flats of flowering annuals at their peak. Arrange the flats wherever you want an instant garden. Water them well, and then surround them with a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch. Take the mulch up over the edges of the flats and in among the blooms, as needed, until every trace of plastic is hidden.
  • Buy hanging baskets with open flowers and vibrant color. Remove the hangars and sink the pots in mulch mounded deep enough to hide the basket, or sit them in between perennials that add camouflage.
  • Follow the lead of interiorscapers, and use decorative indoor or outdoor containers to hide nursery pots and create container gardens on the spot. Sit an upside-down pot or packing material inside the decorative container, then place hanging baskets or large-size perennials and annuals inside. Fill in with mulch.
  • Outfit large houseplants, such as indoor palms, in the same way for a spur-of-the-moment botanical hedge or staggered screen.

After the Party

You did it! Now it's time to tie up a few post-party loose ends with these final makeover tasks:

  • Give any temporary plantings a more permanent home with the help of Pennington® fertilizer products, so plants get settled in and ready for your next event.
  • Take time to repair any missed bare or thin lawn spots with Pennington One Step Complete and the full line of Pennington® New and Improved One Step Complete® products with improved mulch.

If the thought of all that planting after the party seems like too much work, there is another option: Send your guests home with blooming party favors they'll never forget!

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