Does your yard make you smile or do you tend to frown? You can create a beautiful garden and reduce the time and expense required to maintain your garden. Actually though, when you know what to do you can speed up the process and it really doesn’t cost all that much in most cases.
Are you thinking about putting your home up for sale? You should know that landscaping is one home improvement project that could generate between 100 and 200 percent return on your investment. You should fix up your front lawn initially, so that your home will be appealing to buyers as they pull up to your curb. You can also develop your backyard as an outdoor living area that extends the function of your home.
Many times a professional landscape architect or designer are not needed for your landscaping renovation. Doing this could cost you a huge amount of cash. However, it could be wise to consult a landscaper that can give you advice on the things that you need to do.
Always consider the climate when determining which plants you will be using. Some plants need more soil acidity, while others can’t tolerate colder weather, so selecting the right plants can help your garden stay beautiful. Also think of sunlight, rain and wind strength when selecting plants.
If you install a kitchen outside, consider making use of granite for most surfaces. While marble or some other material would cost you much less money, you can place hot things on granite without it getting damaged, and it does not require a lot of maintenance.
For a nice update to your yard, consider re-edging rock beds or flower areas with soft curves. Curved beds create a contemporary vibe compared to sharp, rigid corners. The fresh edges are a cost effective way to improve the look of your yard and flower beds.
Plants make a beautiful and natural privacy screen for patios and yards. Ornamental grasses, evergreens, bamboo and other plants that grow tall make beautiful barriers that will keep nosey neighbors from peeking into your yard. These plants can also hide your neighbor’s messy yard from your view or help contain children and pets in your yard.
Try to make your landscaping beautiful for all seasons for beautiful year round results. Choose a variety of plants that bloom in the spring, summer, fall and even winter, as appropriate for your region. Also, pick trees that have unique foliage or even evergreens to make your yard bright throughout the year.
Think about appearance as well as function when designing your project. For example, be sure to leave adequate space for both a patio and a driveway. Do not put your plants right near your house, or you may have to contend with bees and spiders, which could get into your home during the summer.
Take your time when planning your landscaping. Generally, homeowners must deal with the landscaping that came with the house, and many wish to simply pull every single plant out of the ground and start all over again. But, before you attempt this, have some patience because you never know if there is something there that could be saved. Plants look different all year round, so what you may not like in the winter can look great in the summer.
It is not necessary – or even wise – to try to landscape your entire property all at the same time. It makes sense to complete your work in stages so that you do not need to spend lots of money at once. Dividing the project into phases also helps you edit your design as you go along. You can make changes to your landscape whenever needed if you use this type of plan.
Use basic elements of design in your landscaping. Choose some plants as anchor plants that can be planted throughout your landscape for a continuous design. You can use specific shrubs and bushes in patterns that will give your design some unity. Create a sense of balance by using patterns and similar plants in one area. Variety can be gained by having plants with various leaf textures.
If you wish to produce a design that is easy to maintain, use native plants as much as possible. Plants that have been able to survive in the wild have proven that they can easily thrive in the climate conditions available, and therefore,they will be easier for you to maintain. You will also have to use less water when using local plants, so it will help keep your water bill low.
You now understand what it takes to get the yard you desire. A yard that creates a smile whenever you see it is capable of setting your mood for an entire day. There is nothing nicer than returning home each night to a beautifully landscaped property. The effort is well worthwhile!