Hammocks in Landscaping

Landscaping a yard can be a big undertaking with a fair amount of planning ahead of time. It’s also an opportunity for creating a dream space you’ll want to come back to again and again. Whether you’re in the process of designing your own small slice of nirvana or the job has already been completed, you can use a hammock as a way to create a wonderful focal point for accenting your yard and get years of enjoyment out of both. All it takes is a beautiful hammock and a little bit of thought. Here are a few things to think about when looking for ways to incorporate a hammock into your yard’s overall design.LSland

Hammocks in Yard Design

Using a hammock in landscaping is an excellent way to fill outdoor space, especially if you’ve got a lot of it to fill. If that’s the case, a double or king-size hammock with a spreader-bar or even a family hammock like La Siesta’s Bossanova will work well for filling the void. It’s important to find a place where your hammock will meet all of your shade, sun, and breeze requirements, depending on your preferences. Build around the spot with taller shrubs to the rear. All other vegetation should be planted in graduated heights, with the shortest and smallest at the front or outer edges of the garden design. By using a variety of colors, sizes, textures, and plant types—such as flowering and nonflowering—you can create an inviting atmosphere.

Hammocks on the Edge

Hammocks are perfect for placing at the periphery of swimming pools, decks, patios, and off privacy entrances. Most built-in pools are surrounded by some sort of decking, whether it be wood or what’s commonly referred to as cool deck. If the idea appeals to you but there are no trees available, no problem. All you’ll need is a stand or a couple 4 x 6 or 6 x 6 posts to sink and you’re good. Just be sure to use pressure treated wood—it holds up better in the elements and it’s bug resistant. Depending on where you live, you may want to consider using cedar or cypress for looks and durability. Don’t forget to pour concrete into the postholes and let them set before using with a single or double hammock like the Fruta or the Copa.

Hammock Placement Considerations

Some additional things to take into consideration when selecting a location for your new hammock is shrubbery or vegetation that may play host to pesky insects like chiggers and bees. While bees are most often welcome and wholly necessary for the all-important task of pollination, you don’t necessarily want to try and doze off to the hum of them and spend all your time swatting them away. Proper drainage is another concern for landscapers, and poorly drained sections of a yard can lead to an influx of mosquitoes or gnats. None of these pests are conducive to rest and relaxation.

Planting Around Your Hammock

If you’re planting around a hammock, you can achieve an interesting garden look by mixing flowering and non-flowering plants together in the space that it will be situated. Flowering plants that don’t attract many bees, such as lavender, marigolds, geraniums or chrysanthemums containing pyrethrum, work well for keeping flying insects like mosquitoes at bay. For clumping grasses, there’s lemongrass and citronella. Even society garlic works well—while technically an ornamental, it resembles clumping grass. Just make sure whatever you use has the same sun/shade and water requirements as the other plants in the area and that they meet the conditions that your hammock will call home.

Whether your hammock is an afterthought in the creative process or you’re building around it, with proper planning and consideration you can turn it into something you and your family members will find yourselves taking advantage of for years to come.

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?

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