The drive to keep up with the Joneses is a time-honored tradition, but chances are, the Joneses have a better yard than you do. One of the most noticeable but overlooked features of your home is the one in front of it, your landscaping. Look through this guide to find out what you can do when it comes to your landscape.
Before you begin your new landscaping project, you should sketch out what you desire it to look like. When you make a sketch, you get a visual of your ideas and you will get a more realistic idea of what tools will be needed to finish the job. It’s much simpler to change your ideas on a drawing than it is to change what you’ve already done in your yard.
Fill your yard with native plants. Local plants are batter able to handle your soil conditions and are less likely to develop problems. This allows them to be easily maintained. Check out a local gardening store and see what plants are actually native in your area.
If your landscaping plans include an outdoor kitchen, it pays to use granite as your primary material. Even though marble and other materials may cost less, you are able to put hot items on granite without having to worry about getting ruined. Plus, it does not need a lot of upkeep.
Landscaping is more than just planting grasses and trees. To give a professional look to your yard, look into using iron, wood or cement structures. You could build a gazebo, add a pond with a bridge or replace your fencing. These elements come in many different prices no matter your budget.
Many people forget that much of their landscaping planning and shopping can be done online. The surprising fact is that it is easier and convenient. Plus the selection available is much greater than the limited stock at a nursery or retailer.
Purchase your landscaping needs at different times of the year to get good discounts. For example, buy lumber in the winter, and buy mulch or trees at the end of the season. When new plants appear on the market, you should wait a few years for prices to drop before you buy them.
A landscaping project is a wonderful activity in which all members of the family can participate and enjoy. So gather the entire family together and have fun working to improve your home’s landscaping. You’ll have a great looking yard, fun family memories and even better health thanks to the exercise.