Looking to create some curb appeal this spring? There are many things to keep in mind when taking on a landscaping project. Whether a complete overhaul of your yard or just a simple update, follow these tips to create a beautiful, functional landscape.
Define Your Goals
Make sure you define the goals and needs of your landscape project. Are you looking to create a functional outside living space? Or are you trying to update your yard with more plants, sod, and trees? Figure out how big of a project you are taking on before you start digging.
Another thing to keep in mind when determining these goals is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your project? Start by making an itemized spreadsheet to track potential expenses for the project. If you are planning on hiring out some of the work, shop around for quotes.
Pick a Theme
After you define the goals and budget of your project, think of a theme for your landscape design. This will help when you are trying to determine where plants will go, how you want to plant them, and how you want your yard to look. It is important to complement the look and feel of your house. Some questions to help you decide: What colors do you want in your yard? Do you only want greenery? Do you want hard lines or flowing garden lines?
Before you start planting, make sure you put your hardscape in first. This could be a deck, porch, cement walkway, fencing, patios, pavers, boulder accents, and more. Creating a 2D or 3D diagram of your landscape project can help determine how much space you have for your hardscaping projects. And don’t forget, construction around your yard could disturb plant life – so try to do this beforehand. Landscape edging can be used to define the edges between hardscaping and landscaping sections.
Define Your Landscape Area
Figure out where everything will go in your yard before you start planting. You can spray paint areas where you know you will have a garden area, trees, etc. You can also refer back to your diagram if you created one for your hardscaping projects. This will help determine what areas of your yard get the most and the least amounts of sunlight. This also will help determine how large or small your plants can be. If you want to plant something right in front of a window, maybe a smaller shrub will work best.
Plants, Plants, Plants!
Determine what plants you want for your landscape. What are native to the area? Which plants require lots of sunlight? Which work best with little water? What plants will last a lifetime? What plants have little maintenance? Also, try to keep in mind the changing seasons. Do you want plant life to grow throughout the year? If so, make sure you have plants that can handle the climate you live in throughout various seasons. With a little research and maybe even some advice from a local nursery, you will easily be able to determine which plants will work best. Consider using PerfEdge landscape edging to allow water to move between the sections of your yard.
Get the Right Soil
Make sure you have nutrient-rich soil to start planting sod and other plants and gardens throughout your yard. Soil that includes organic ingredients will help plants grow quickly and stay healthy. According to DIY Network, “loose, fertile soil will encourage root growth on new plants and allow them to become established quickly.”
Select the Right Products
Before you begin, decide which products you will need to kick off your landscape project. These products can include anything from lawn edging, tree rings, stakes, irrigation systems, and even rainwater catching systems. Do your research and determine which products will work best in your yard. Try to pick items that are very durable, easy to install and will last throughout the seasons.
Last, but certainly not least, have fun! Get creative with colors, plants, trees, window boxes, and other landscape items. Create a space you will enjoy. Mix it up with shrubs, flowers, hanging baskets, bright colors, and trees. Include fun containers to highlight your favorite plants.
Starting a landscape project can sometimes be daunting when you have a checklist and specific needs – but it is also a great way to add value to your home while getting outside and having fun. Remember to start small and take your time. This is your space, so make a lasting impression with a landscape design that works for your lifestyle, climate, and yard.