A Reading Garden

A Reading Garden

Community reading gardens are taking root across America.

Here are some helpful hints for creating a​ reading garden in​ your backyard. Essentials include a​ clear area, a​ bench or​ hammock, shade and light and flowers and plants for inspiration and beauty. Think of​ color, shape, contrast and scent.

Start by clearing out debris, sticks, stones and weeds. a​ vibrant lawn sets the stage. For mowing larger areas, a​ zero-turn rider, like the Troy-Bilt RZT 50, reduces time and effort. You can go forward, backward and cut around landscaping and trees.

A lawn tractor can help quickly mow and mulch and haul materials. a​ string trimmer trims under and around bushes, trees and fences. Tillers create rich, workable soil by cutting into it​ and turning under vegetation and compost.

Consider whether you want to​ spend more time reading or​ gardening, and choose high- or​ low- maintenance flowers and plants. For privacy and quiet, try a​ hedge or​ screen of​ ivy. a​ border of​ flowers, plants, stones or​ shrubs can set off your outdoor "reading room." if​ there's no tree for shade, try taller shrubs, bushes or​ ivy on a​ trellis.

The final step is​ the simplest. Open up a​ book and experience the beauty and inspiration of​ your reading garden.

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