When you drive up to your home, how does its outward appearance make you feel? Do you feel a sense of pride in your outdoor space? Or is it a constant reminder of the various landscaping projects that would boost the look of your home, but that you’ve been putting off?
Many of us spend so much time and energy making improvements to the inside of our homes that we neglect our outdoor spaces. If your yard is in need of some attention, these landscaping tips and tricks will put you on track to being the envy of the neighborhood.
One of the best pieces of landscaping advice we can give you is to design your yard with year-round beauty in mind. Yes, you’ll have more color and variation in the spring and summer months, but there should be no time of year when there are no points of interest in your yard.
To do this, you’ll need to do plenty of plant-selection research. Most flowering trees and shrubs bloom in the warmer months, look for additional plants that will provide fall foliage and structure in the cooler half of the year.
With year-round interest comes year-round landscaping. And while it’s true that a truly beautiful outdoor space takes work, you can make things easier on yourself by incorporating hardscape elements as well.
For example, you can use beach pebbles for landscaping rather than mulch. Hardscape features are excellent for providing structure in the cooler months, not to mention they provide an attractive contrast to greenery and other natural elements.
Speaking of hardscape features, if your yard doesn’t already have a walkway, consider adding one. This can be from your driveway to your front door or your seating area to your back gate, as long as the walkway connects two points of interest, you’re using it correctly.
For the most attractive home landscaping, try to use a material that matches or complements that of the house itself. If your home is made of stone, for instance, a stone walkway is your best bet.
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting in the shade (or the sunshine) while reading a book or chatting with a friend? Spending just a few minutes a day in the fresh air can also do wonders for your mental and physical health.
To encourage yourself and your family to spend more time outside, why not add a seating area? All you need is a bench or a few chairs and some plants or decorative features. For added privacy, consider building this area under a tree or among tall flowers.
Like any living thing, different flowers require different environments to thrive. Because of this, one of the first things you should do when learning how to landscape is to study the environment your yard provides.
Is it full-sun, full-shade, or somewhere in between? Are there certain areas that get more sun than others? How often does it rain? What’s the average temperature?
By getting to know your yard, you’ll be able to match flowers and other plants with your space. This will allow your landscape to flourish.
When you’re at home, odds are you spend the majority of your time inside. Therefore, the interior of your home gets the most attention. But your outdoor spaces deserve your attention as well!
Investing time and energy into your landscape will not only make you fall even more in love with your home but can also increase your home’s value. By using these landscaping tips and tricks, you can create a yard you can be proud of.
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