Backyard Envy’s ‘Manscapers’ Share Their Best Gardening Tips in Honor of Season 2 Premiere

Changing up little accessories can make a big difference

“Not everyone's in a position to do a huge overhaul on their space,” Brasier admits. That’s why she suggests making little changes — like adding or switching out patio accessories — to change the feel of your backyard. 

“It's not about buying or needing new furniture, but maybe switch it up with just some inexpensive throw pillows or a new, inexpensive rug,” Brasier says. “Little things like that can really freshen up a space.”

Choose a few statement plants

When it comes to buying plants for your garden (especially as a newbie), the Manscapers crew always advise starting small.

“Start with some statement pieces,” Brasier says. “We don’t suggest hundreds of small plants, but maybe just a few items that will really define the space and set the tone for your yard.” 

Some of their favorites that are easy to keep alive? “A boxwood, as simple as that sounds,” DeSantis suggests. “It's an evergreen and it's super hearty. And then I always like to add a few different, fun perennials.”

Take advantage of the space you have

Just because you don’t have a big backyard (or any backyard, for that matter…) doesn’t mean you can’t be a gardener. The Manscapers suggest taking advantage of any space you let things grow, whether that be a patio, window box or even fire escape. 

“My first garden was right outside my window,” Magee says, explaining that he used the fire escape outside his small New York apartment nearly 10 years ago. “I set out about five terracotta pots and I would just spend every morning watering and tending to my plants. Honestly, it totally changed my entire mood, just being able to have a little tiny sliver of a garden outside.”

Season two of Backyard Envy premieres Tuesday, August 4 at 10/9c on Bravo.

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