I just recently moved to a new home and the overgrowth in some areas of the yard were absolutely atrocious. One of the first projects I decided to undertake was the front yard landscaping. There are some lessons I learned from the journey that I think you can benefit from if you decide to make some changes to your yard. First of all I highly recommend that if you have an idea that you run with it. When the project is done the visual impact is incredible and the sense of accomplishment is fulfilling.
Before you get started it’s important to do a little planning. I had a visual of what I wanted the final project to look like but because I didn’t map it out, I found that some of the small details I didn’t think of became extremely important to getting the effect I wanted, so the original estimate was way off. Additionally, what I thought might be a couple of weekends took twice as long but fortunately I wasn’t chasing a deadline so it didn’t matter too much.
The old adage “measure twice and cut once” applies in your landscaping project. Don’t estimate the square footage if you’re purchasing sod, rocks, breeze or any other material that you plan to lay down. You can find yourself short or having way more than you need. Usually, having too much isn’t a problem because you can return the extra, but in the case of having a load of rock or soil delivered… your kind of stuck with it.
Color choices are extremely important because you want to compliment the colors of your house and the other areas of your yard. A landscaper is a great resource to help you plan your landscaping project. They can also help you with some of the heavier lifting or digging. There are some great tools available online to help you map out your project all the way down to the flowers and plants that are best for your climate. Many of these software programs can show you a three dimensional view of what your final project will look like.
When you are selecting the plants for your yard, your local garden shop can tell you how many plants you’ll need for a specific square footage, how far apart to plant them and whether they need more shade or more sunlight. Each plant is different so you’ll want to make sure whatever you choose will flourish in the environment you are creating.
Taller plants in the back and smaller in the front is a great way to make sure that all of your plants and colors can be seen from the street. Trees are also a great addition to any home’s yard because it can provide shade for your lawn which in warmer climates will be good for it. If you are looking for a more mature tree you can visit your local tree farm where the selections are numerous. The best part is they can bring out the tree and plant it for you. When your dealing with more mature trees it is important to makes sure they are planted deep enough and have the best nutrients added to the soil. Your tree specialist will know exactly what to do to make sure your tree has the best chance of taking root and lasting for a long time.
A beautifully landscaped front yard can do so much to enhance the appearance of your home. Whether you plan to sell your home in the future or live there forever it is a great investment that you will enjoy every time you walk outside.