For some, landscaping can be a simple touch up job that slightly improves the overall look of a home. For others, it can be a science and a complete work of art, as they use advanced ideas and techniques to make any home look like a masterpiece. Whatever landscaping is for you, the following tips will help you get the best out of your landscaping endeavors.
Consider why you want to landscape your yard before you begin your project. Are you looking to add beauty? Are you trying to add privacy? Is your goal to reduce the overall maintenance of your property? The answers to these questions can help you to select the right variety of plants, making your landscaping project easier to complete.
Is selling your home in your plans? Landscaping is a wise investment that offers as much as a 200 percent return. Use the front yard to give your home curb appeal and the back yard for an outdoor entertaining area.
Despite what most people think, it is not absolutely necessary for you to hire a landscaper to take care of your projects. Using a professional landscaper can be quite expensive. It is a good idea to meet with a landscaping expert that can let you know what you should be expected to do and what to avoid.
Try talking to a pro before you start working on your landscape. You might not need a landscape designer or architect to draft your whole project, but for under $100, a consultation that lasts about an hour can be well worth the money if it prevents you from making costly mistakes later on.
Use annuals to bring color to your project. Perennial flowers are wonderful but they have a short lifetime, usually only a few month. Fill your beds with annuals and they will stay colorful throughout the year. Use perennials to complement the color scheme you have already established with the annual flowers.
Do not forget your hardscape when it comes to your landscaping plans. A deck or patio is an important aspect in your landscape's appearance. There are many options for decks and patios that include rock designs or woods that coordinate with the colors of your trees, shrubs and flowers. Do not forget this important aspect.
Be aware that your lawn still needs to be taken of when in the fall, and winter months. You should still be watering your lawn until the ground freezes. By not doing so, your grass could actually die. However, if you are in an area that gets a lot of rain in the fall, or winter, you may not need to water it.
Check outside of the Internet and large home improvement stores for your plants and materials. You may find botanical centers holding sales on plants. You may even want to ask around the neighborhood or check the classified ads to see if anyone has extra perennials that they are looking to get rid of.
Make a landscape that looks great all year around. You need to have plants that bloom in the spring, those which continue to bloom in the summer, those which change color in the fall, and even some evergreens for the wintertime. Research how you can plant a year-round garden.
A great way to really enhance your landscape is to add a pond or waterfall to your design. This can really make your landscaping look much more beautiful and the sound of water flowing adds a sense of peacefulness and serenity to your entire landscape. This is a great way to make your landscape more tranquil.
If you want to achieve your dreams with your landscaping plan, you might want to seek the consultation of a professional. The professional has done many landscaping jobs, and has the experience to see how natural features in your yard can be utilized to minimize cost, and enhance the appearance.
Choose plants that will thrive in the planting environment. The best plants will be those that are native to the area. By using plants native to the area they will be properly adapted to the watering demands and temperatures. For example, if you live in a cooler climate and plant tropical plants, the plants will be harder to maintain, and it will be necessary to move those plants indoors in the winter.
Emphasize perennials in your landscaping plan to have year round coverage. Perennials save the landscaper both money, and labor because once they are in place, all they require is basic maintenance. Annuals of course, have their place in landscaping, as well but over the long run they are more costly and labor intensive than perennials.
Don't be scared off by cheap prices! While splurging can sometimes be worthwhile, at other times, the cheapest materials are just as good as the pricey ones. Before paying extra, consider what you'll be getting for your money, and if it's worth the extra cost. It doesn't always take a lot of money to get quality goods.
Plant your yard with vertical layers in mind. Consider that your eye will travel not just across the landscape but up and down the landscaping elements, moving from one layer of vegetation to the other. Even flat yards can have vertical layers if you incorporate trees and shrubs as well as a diverse selection of herbaceous plants ranging from the ground layer all the way up to the tips of the tall rushes.
All of the tips included here are easy ways for you to change your back yard, front yard or even both, if you have the time and budget. Just use what you've learned to draft up a simple plan to change the look and feel of your home, which results in improved curb appeal.