Contrary to common belief, landscaping is a home improvement project that doesn’t have to cost a lot. It can boost your home’s curb appeal without you spending a lot of money. As a matter of fact, even a DIY enthusiast like you can emulate a professional’s work by learning the secrets and techniques. So for this article, let us give you the things about landscaping you should know.
Let us start things off with this article from PopularMechanics.com called “10 Landscaping Secrets From the Pros.”
Plan for Year-Round Appeal
Evergreen shrubs retain their leaves or needles all year long, so they’re constantly providing cover and color. “This gives you some interest even in the winter,” says Rich Cording Jr., co-owner of CLC Landscape Design, Inc., in Ringwood, N.J. He says evergreen plants advantageously placed near the house, such as in front of corners, can help soften the vertical lines of the house, giving it a more inviting appearance.
“For 12 months out of the year, you soften those vertical lines,” Cording says. “With evergreen material, you’re always going to have curb appeal.”
Connect Points of Interest With a Walkway
Instead of trampling down the lawn, resulting in a makeshift path of dead grass between your patio, fire pit, and garden, create an attractive walkway using concrete stepping stones, natural flagstone, decorative brick, or crushed stone. “It’s all about connecting elements in your landscaping to pull those elements together,” says Craig Trenary, owner of Terra Forma Design in Bloomington, Minn.
Trenary advises constructing a pathway, walkway, or any other landscaping feature from material that’s the same or similar to what’s used on the exterior of the house, such as a brick or stone, because it will tie the path aesthetically to the home. Or use the material to provide a striking edging along the walkway.
Break up a Monotonous Yard With a Big Rock
A simple way to make a statement with your lawn is to plunk down a giant rock or two. We’re talking about the kind of rocks that are too big to fit in your truck bed. “Having a certain type of boulder in the landscape will break up the monotony with a different material,” Trenary says.
Not sure what type of rock to get or where to put it? Trenary says to ask a pro. “It gets you going on the right path,” he says, adding that a consultation with a landscaping expert can cost $35 to $90 for an hour. Bringing in pictures of the yard and even measurements can help the pro make recommendations for your property.
Bring a Corner to Life with a Berm
One way to add pizzazz to the landscape is to build a berm, a mound that you can cover with a rock or flower garden. Berms add color and texture to an otherwise flat, plain lawn with colored stone, flowers, or foliage. They can also add height by being built as a mound. You can place them anywhere, although they’re especially effective in corners of the lawn.
“I find that the corners are often unused areas of the landscape,” Cording says. “A berm can let you arrange flowers in the lawn on an unused space.
Make a Water Feature Look Natural
A water feature, even a small, self-contained unit that stands alone on a patio, should look like it belongs in its surroundings, Trenary notes. “You can use natural stone to build it up,” he adds. “You can use the same stone or material that you find on the house.”
However, Trenary advises not to use too many materials or the effort may backfire. “A good rule is to use no more than three elements in one area, or the area can get too busy and work the opposite way for you.”
Add an Outdoor Seating Area
Installing a patio near the edge of your lawn, away from the house, provides an outdoor escape. Concrete will do, or you can use stones or pavers. Building it near trees or tall flowers gives the area some privacy, while chairs or benches let you sit or lie down to read or nap.
“You want to keep it 6 to 8 feet from your property line,” Cording says. “You can maximize it because it is usable space. You can leave the house and have flowers around you on a patio.”
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It all boils down to creativity. When you feel like your lawn is beginning to look dull, go for changes that don’t involve money. The reason for this is because you’ll want to make the most of what you have first before thinking about going big with expensive investments.
Meanwhile, these tips in the article “10 Things You Must Know About Landscaping” from DIYNetwork.com talks more about the specifics – those things you already should know when building your landscape.
Tip 1: Install a Strong Edging
It’s very important to have barriers between your lawn and your garden. You want to have a strong edging that can be of any material (and price) from cheap plastic all the way up to steel or stone.
Tip 2: Install a Simple Irrigation System
A big mistake people make is not watering enough. Get a simple drip-irrigation system that can be attached to a spigot with a timer. Simply set the timer and it gives the plants all the water they need.
Tip 3: Add Some Mulch
Mulch is primarily used to help maintain the soil, but it’s also decorative. The darker the mulch, the more the color of the plants will stand out.
Tip 4: You Need Good Soil
If the roots of a plant can’t penetrate the soil, then it simply won’t grow. If your soil is really poor quality, you may need to remove it and bring in new soil.
Tip 5: Keep Things in Groups
Try to group things in threes or fives as a general rule. This way, from a distance it will always look full. It’s a good idea to get a variety of colors that will bloom at different times of the year.
Tip 6: Keep Your Yard Colorful
Look around your yard and see what’s thriving and you’ll have a good idea of what to plant. Don’t get flowers that bloom only during one season. Get a variety of colors that bloom at different times of the year.
Tip 7: Make Sure There is Drainage
Use soil to build up low areas of the garden so water doesn’t pool in one spot. This is especially true if you have dense clay soil because it allows very little drainage.
Tip 8: Consider the Amount of Sunlight
When choosing plant material, it’s very important to take into consideration how much sunlight the plants will receive. Too little light and they won’t thrive, too much light they may burn.
Tip 9: Know Your Maintenance Level
Decide how much you can devote to maintenance. Ask yourself if you’re willing to upkeep a pool, wood deck or big vegetable garden. Ask a professional about the pros and cons of each project before you decide.
Tip 10: Know Your Landscape Budget
The planning stage is the most important, and the actual planting part should be the very last step. Landscaping can be a big investment. Research before you buy to determine what fits your budget.
Well, the most important tip given above is the last one. You see, there really isn’t that much you can do if you don’t plan and figure your budget out. So be sure you know how much money you’ve got before moving on. It doesn’t make sense if you come up with a big plan but you actually cannot support it financially. But then again, it doesn’t have to be that expensive.