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Last modified: 2021-10-06 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
Your lawn and garden say a lot about you! Aside from leaving the first impression for visitors and those passing by, your landscaping enhances your home’s appearance and makes you proud of the place you call your own. With the right planning, careful maintenance and upkeep, you can have a near-perfect lawn.
Now, not everyone will know where to start with a landscaping project, but if you follow these tips you’re sure to be successful.
If you were walking by your home, would you stop and take a second look? Be honest, as this is a great starting point to begin planning out a landscaping project. Try to see your front lawn or garden from the perspective of a first-time visitor. Ask yourself these simple questions:
Starting from an honest place and determining what matters most to you and any other residents in your dwelling is key to making sure this project proceeds without a hitch.
When it comes to thinking about the design itself, let’s begin by considering ways to create focal points. One or several focal points in your landscaping will help to draw in the eye while making an impression. Here are some ways to attract attention:
Of course, many of these options can be combined to create a few focal points that catch the eye. Just remember to avoid going overboard and instead, work towards a streamlined and well put together landscape. Also, it’s always an option to consult with a professional landscaper or horticulturist and get their opinion on the best choices for your yard.
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Even if you’ve seen the perfect landscape design at a local park or out front of a museum, it’s important to remember that this may not work for your home. In public spaces, the landscape is generally maintained by a landscaper and this comes with a hefty price tag. Since you’ll be the only one maintaining those ornate hedges or that busy garden, it’s best to go for a design you’re able to care for all on your own. If you don’t have a huge budget or the time to invest in a formal design, opt for something pretty and simple, as this will help to take the pressure of maintaining an elaborate landscape off your shoulders.
As we’ve mentioned in a few of our landscaping articles, choosing plants that are native to and have the potential to thrive in your region is one of the keys to maintaining a successful landscape. Do plenty of research to determine which plants are able to grow in your area’s conditions. We should further suggest that it’s important to know the difference between annual and perennial before you begin planting.
Not only should you consider which plants are native to you, but it’s also crucial to consider where each individual plant should live. Putting certain plants in the wrong spot can cause your landscape to look unkempt. Think about things like sun and shade exposure, as well as the slope of your land and how water travels. Then, choose flowers, greenery, and hedges that work with your specifications.
Aside from the flowers and trees you choose to incorporate, it’s further important to think about additional features to define the land, such as hardscaping. Hardscaping can enhance the softer side of your landscape design. Here are some options to consider:
When planning out hardscaping, bear in mind that natural movement is part of working with plants. Don’t be too rigid when planning your landscape and allow for a little bit of movement. Tall grasses will get caught by the wind and invite soothing energy into the space. Certain flowers will help to attract bugs and butterflies or consider setting up a windchime or mini windmill to catch the breeze flowing by. In the end, get creative.
Landscaping is a vital element and an excellent investment, a delightful way to add extra appeal to an already beautiful home.
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