How to upgrade your New Jersey backyard this summer

Your home in New Jersey boasts a beautiful backyard, but do you get the best out of your outdoor area? We took a look at the work of the landscape architect in three states, Steve Griggs design, for inspiration on how to lift your backyard. From adding perennials to playing with different lighting options, these simple upgrades will have an instant effect – just in time for summer.

Add new plants and vegetation

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According to Griggs, having a lush outdoor area is not about having “a few cool plants … it’s about having the right plants.” This means choosing plants and vegetation that will work with, not against, your natural environment and lifestyle – whether you are a hobby gardener or a low-maintenance type. Griggs’ three decades of experience “ensures that he knows each plant and where it is going.”

Redesign your pool and patio

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Are you planning to add a pool to your backyard? How about sprucing up your patio? Consulting an expert will help you narrow down the size, style and cost. Not to mention, they will be there to guide you through the process. “If your backyard is unused and unattractive, a pool might be just what it needs … And if you want to catch up with your friends and family, your new pool may be the perfect reason,” says Griggs.

Play with lighting

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The benefits of landscape lighting are twofold. To begin with, it is an easy way to revitalize your garden right away. In addition, it can increase visibility by highlighting specific areas of your outdoor space. Griggs explains: “Landscape light allows you to enjoy the beauty of your landscape at any time of the day. When done right, landscape lighting is absolutely fascinating … and when it also makes your home safer, it also becomes a necessity.”

Create an outdoor cooking or entertaining space

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Imagine this. The weather is hot, the family is over and you are stuck indoors and manning the stove. Since we all know the best part of summer is being outside, it might be time to step up your entertaining game and invest in an outdoor kitchen. “An outdoor kitchen is not a whim, it’s a necessity to be able to entertain,” Griggs says. “It acts as an extension of your home so you can spend more time outside where all the summer fun takes place.”

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