If you’ve never landscaped your property or you’re just looking to freshen things up, here are five tips to get you started.
- Sketch a simple drawing of your yard depicting your house, streets, walks, driveway, patios and utilities. Identify potential uses for different areas of your yard- vegetable gardens, flower beds, lawns and play areas.
- Think about sun and wind for both summer and winter. Mark the areas of your yard needing shade or wind protection. Highlight areas where landscaping height or width may be restricted.
- Try adding a focal point to the entrance area. If unsightly utility areas are visible from your house or patio, a screening wall or hedge may be needed. Don’t forget to screen off unsightly areas from the neighbors.
- The color of your plantings should compliment your home’s color. Also consider the textures of trees and shrubs and how foliage will look year-round. You’ll also want to establish bed lines at this point.
- When you are ready to make a purchase, avoid buying damaged plants. The plants you use should be of specimen quality to make sure you get the best look possible.