With spring coming and everything beginning to bloom, homeowners will soon be spending more time outdoors for recreation and to work on landscaping projects.
When looking to transform a yard, the first thing many homeowners work on is growing a lush, green lawn. Whether by planting sod, sowing grass seeds and maintaining the fertilizer, or hiring a lawn-care company, a healthy lawn can add curb appeal to a property.
One landscaping tip is to avoid visually appealing plants like sunflowers because they can inhibit the growth of surrounding plants. However, plants like rose and hydrangea bushes can elevate curb appeal and still allow the homeowner to have a variety of blooms or greenery in the yard.
In addition to adding visually appealing plants to a yard, the homeowner may want to consider adding tomatoes or blueberries to the garden. Plants like these add color to a property while providing homegrown food. The person working with fruits and vegetables may also want to consider adding raised garden beds to put the plants in. Having a raised gardening bed can put edible plants in a harder place for animals to reach while adding focal points to the yard.
To help create different areas to the landscaping, the homeowner may want to divide the garden by using symmetrical lines of flowers, shrubs or succulents to create borders. Another method the homeowner may want to use is adding a stone edge or mulch flower bed border. If the yard has limited space, the gardener may want to create a container garden with colorful pots and planters.
While working on the design of the yard, the homeowner may want to add contrast by mixing the plants with hardscapes by adding stone walkways or pebble beaches. In addition to creating new pathways, having a water feature like a fountain or man-made waterfall can help create an oasis. For increased tranquility in the yard, plant tall hedges or consider adding a fence.
Closer to the home, display planters near the front walkways and hang a greenery garland to wrap around the front porch. To avoid having eyesores in the landscaping, consider building a cover to hide the AC unit or building a planter to also hold the garden hose.
Ways to find inspiration for a new yard
- Look up landscaping ideas online.
- Take pictures of the yard and visit a nursery to find plants to fit the property.
- Hire a landscape architect or employ a landscaping service.