Everyone wants to have the yard that makes their neighbors green with envy. Not only does a healthy and vibrant landscape increase your home’s curb appeal, but a well-executed yard will also help you save time and money, and offer an oasis of outdoor tranquility you can enjoy at any time of year.
With these simple tips, you can work towards getting the lawn you’ve longed for and cultivate a fresh garden brimming with beautiful elements that will make any home owner proud.
Plot your plans. Before you get started, plot out the landscape and determine the amount of time, money, and labor it will take to accomplish and maintain your yard goals. Necessary gardening materials like mulch, seed, plants and fertilizer add up quickly, and you don’t want to abandon your plans halfway through because the scale of the project was underestimated. Remember that after winter, lawns wake up hungry – and you’ll likely have to feed it more during the spring to strengthen roots and combat heat, cold drought and mowing. Be sure to assess yearly maintenance to ensure your investment won’t dry up over time.
Be water wise. Before settling on vegetal placement, notice the flow of water on your property. This can easily be determined by watching where the water drains when it rains. Being mindful of the water drainage will ensure you thoughtfully manage your landscaping and avoid putting plants in places that could get overwatered. If your home is in a dry climate, incorporate native and drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and cacti into the landscape to reduce water use. Conserving water will help you weed out unnecessary expenses and protect the plant life you are growing while helping the environment.
Let it grow. Keeping your grass longer will prevent soil from losing nitrogen and drying out or turning yellow. Aerating – or poking small holes in your lawn – is also a great way to improve oxygen circulation and nutrient penetration. Consider ventilating your lawn with spiked shoes or aerating tools and letting it grow to at least two inches to let it breathe and thrive.
Mix and match. Not all parts of your yard are created equal. Some might have more shade, and others may be more moist or prone to drying out. Once you’ve considered site conditions such as sun exposure, amount of rainfall and wind conditions, start choosing greenery that functions best in each area. Use containers, structures, art and non-plant materials to add visual interest to your landscape and accommodate patches that need special attention.
Mind the size. Consider the future of how your yard will evolve and evaluate how plants will do in certain spots of your garden in the future. Avoid planting large trees in areas that have no space to expand, and be sure to thoroughly research how large some plants can grow to accommodate the correct amount of plots for each element. Over time, be sure to maintain all part of the lawn by removing debris such as errant sticks and leaves that can deprive the grass of oxygen and sunlight.
Consider all design elements. Variety and imagination will spice up your lawn and set you apart from the other homes on the block. Evaluate your landscape from a holistic design perspective, taking into account the color, form, pattern, light, balance, rhythm and unity of all the elements included. Play with color and incorporate unique greenery that will put you apart from your neighbors. Your entire yard is a blank canvas for art, so be sure to embrace your individuality and create something that reflects your personal style.
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