It’s not always easy to stay on trend, particularly in the case of home decorating. Everyone takes note when they pass a beautifully landscaped yard; however, these same people often overlook the areas they can improve in their own yard. Try some of the following ideas to bring your landscape into the present.
You do not have to hire a professional to design your landscape for you, but it might be worth your time and money to quickly meet with an architect. You will get a better idea of how much your project will cost and perhaps avoid mistakes that would end up costing you money.
Prior to going out and purchasing what you need to do your landscaping, make a plan. By having an idea of what you should buy, and where it is going to go in your yard, you will avoid over purchasing supplies. In the long run, this will save you money, time and frustration.
Try to make sure that the height of your lawn is always between 2 and a half to 3 inches. Having your grass at this height will help protect it from sun and heat damage. Also, at this height, moisture will not evaporate as much as it would if it were taller.
When taking on a large landscaping project, you may want to consult with a professional first to get their ideas. Seasoned experts have the ability to offer useful, cost-effective ideas for your outdoor space. Professional landscapers and architects both charge about $75/hour, which can easily pay for itself if you put their advice to use.
Always use the proper tools when doing any landscape project. If you have a stump that needs to be removed, rent a backhoe and remove it properly, do not try to do it with a truck. If you have a lot of material that needs to be moved, use wheelbarrows to reduce strain. Use the right tools for the job, and you will save yourself some grief.
Take care in considering the possible impact that some types of landscaping will have on both your home and property. Consider the effects that certain plantings might have in areas where underground pipes and cable lines may be co-located. Similarly, plants that grow up to block access views in and out of your property should be avoided. Have a well thought out plan before you add some plants or trees to your landscaping.
When selecting trees for your landscaping project, look for those with rough, glossy or peeling bark. Birch, crepe myrtle, paperbark maple and Japanese cherry trees all have interesting bark that can add texture and visual appeal to your landscape design. Choose trees with bark colors that complement other aspects of your landscape, such as stones or flowers.
Landscaping is a lot of fun for the family and it’s also practical. So get out there and make landscaping your home a project the whole family can enjoy. You will not only create some great memories of working together with your family, but you will improve your home’s overall look as well.…