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Simple Landscape Design Ideans to Make Your House a Home

Grasshopper Gardens - Friday, February 20, 2015

For a few people, landscaping isn’t on the top of their minds. And for others, landscaping is a way of creating the perfect home. Whatever your landscaping plans, there are a few things for you to consider in order that help take your landscaping from ‘meh’ to great!

First: Help Your Plants Grow

Be sure to place peat moss around your plants to help them grow and thrive. Peat moss is rich in nutrients that bare soil may not offer. In addition, peat moss provides a nice contrast for other areas in your garden.

Second: Trees & Grass

Trees and grass are nice, but they do not comprise a landscape by themselves. Add substance and texture by using cement, wood or iron elements. Interesting buildings and structures such as archways, bird baths, gazebos and Pergolas are nice additions.

Large shade trees look great, but it may be difficult to plant flowers that bloom underneath its shaded area. Instead of using flowers, consider adding a ground cover. Not only will this make your yard more beautiful, it's simple to keep up with. Hosta and sweet woodruff are some ground covering options.

Third: Color

If you would like lots of color, consider wildflowers for your yard or garden. You can purchase wildflower seeds at home improvement stores then scatter them over a large area or where planting other items might be difficult. Blooms of many different colors can be captivating and stunning to look at. They can also be made into beautiful bouquets.

Fourth: Provide Enough Space

When planning your landscape, ensure that you provide enough space for plant growth. A tiny tree looks cute right next to the foundation, but after a few years, it will be way too close to your house. Use the size of each plant at maturity to make sure you keep the correct balance.

Fifth: Think Ahead!

Take care in considering the possible impact that some types of landscaping will have on both your home and property. It's important to know how the roots of your plants and trees will grow so that they don't harm pipes below the ground. It's equally important to know how tall or wide plants will grow so they don't block important views. Take all of the possibilities into consideration before implementing a landscaping plan.

Prior to launching your landscaping initiative, get the soil analyzed. Making sure the soil is tested helps you know what it needs so you can make changes before you start planting. That way, your plants stand a better chance of thriving.

Sixth: Curves

There are many beautiful aspects to curves in your garden. A curved flowering border should be considered when designing your landscaping project. It's striking, aesthetically pleasing, and can add to your home value. It might be harder to make than a normal border, but it will be worth it.

As you may know, landscaping can mean different things to different people. Some will look at landscaping as just keeping the yard maintained, while others will view it as a design process that can be quite elaborate. Whatever your landscaping style, these tips will help your yard look great. But of course, nothing replaces an expert’s opinion and expert’s touch – give is a call today and start planning for spring!




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