You live in a home you own on a block with many other houses. What makes one home stand out from others? There are lots of factors, but one of them is landscaping. Your yard makes up part of the first impression people will have of your home. How will they think of it? Will they think your home is beautiful or will they think your house is shabby? Landscaping can turn your yard into a paradise for not only yourself but for those who gaze upon it. Bottom line? Landscaping raises the curb appeal of your home. So here’s how to get started landscaping your yard.
1. Create a Diagram of Your Yard
The first step you’ll want to take is to draw a diagram of your yard indicating how you would like it to be. Where would you like your flowers, your shrubs, your trees, your walking paths, etc.? You never want to begin landscaping without having a “map.” Without a “map” you can get lost rather quickly, and, you can end up spending more money than you desire. So draw a diagram of your yard. It’s your “map” of where everything should go so that you’ll purchase and acquire only what you need to turn your landscaping dream into a reality. With that said, diagramming your yard will be one of the most challenging jobs when it comes to landscaping. Therefore, it’s highly advised to consult a landscaper or a gardener.
2. Consult a Landscaper or Gardener to Assist You in Mapping Out Your Ideas
Unless you’ve landscaped before, or unless you’re a highly skilled gardener, you may want to hire a landscaper or a gardener to help you map out your ideas. A professional gardener or landscaper knows what plants and other life would look good in what areas. They are aware of what needs sun and what requires shade. They understand plant height and how to position plants to take advantage of height difference. They know which plants are easy-care and which ones are high-maintenance. In short, this kind of professional can save you time and money.
3. Consider Your Space and Climate
In what climate is your home located? The environment where your home is located will dictate what kinds of plants you should consider. A garden in the Midwest will look much different than a garden in the Southeast. Also, once you have the classification of plants you need, based on what zone, you will know which plants will work and which won’t. Plants in Illinois, for example, fall in Zones 5 and 6. Plants for Florida would be in Zones 8, 9, and 10.
4. Choose Native Plants
The best way to have a successful landscaping effort is to choose native or easy to grow plants. So if you live in the Midwest, you may select Purple Cone flower or Black-Eyed Susan. If you live in the Southeast, you may choose something like Southern Magnolia or the Saw Palmetto. If you’re not hiring a professional to help you, make sure you research what plants are native to your area.
5. Add a Bench and a Water Fountain, Bird Bath, or Water Fall
When it comes to landscaping there’s more to it than just plants. Beautiful landscaping is something that people admire, and often times it is a place where people enjoy sitting and reflecting. A bench, as well as a water feature, are two favorite items to include in a landscaping design, depending on your budget.
6. Choose a Wide Variety
One thing a professional landscaper will tell you is that you should choose plants that will bloom at different times of the year. You don’t want to have a garden where everything blooms and dies at the same time. You want to have your blooming spread out throughout the year.
7. Keep it Simple
Remember that the more maintenance the plants are that you choose, the more work for you. Consider keeping your garden easy with easy maintenance. It’s very possible to acquire beautiful plants that don’t require a lot of work. Keeping it simple can also help improve the overall appearance and synergy between the landscaping and the home structure itself. Check out our other article on How Landscaping Can Seamlessly Integrate Into Your Home Architecture to learn more about that.
Once you have your landscaping plan, creating it will be enjoyable and fun. Follow these tips to achieve the yard of your dreams.