Home Landscape Design
Before starting on your new landscape design, survey your area and make some notes; you cannot concretely consider certain landscape decorating ideas unless you identify what kind of climate you are living in, how much you are willing to spend and how much space you have to work with. Additionally, as you browse several landscape ideas and landscape pictures and make notes about the designs and landscapes that really jump out at you, keep in mind what level of ongoing maintenance is actually feasible. If you love working with plants, a large rose or vegetable garden is the perfect use of land; if you live in a hot or dry area, consider drought-tolerant landscape ideas. If you have younger kids, consider what they would enjoy as well, such as a large grassy area or a playground, swing set or pool. Think about what your family would use the most, as well as what would help boost your resell value in the long run. Lastly, when it comes to landscapes, be sure to consider different front and backyard ideas, as they are separate entities that serve two very different purposes. What plants should I add to my landscape? When browsing landscape photos, think about curb appeal above all else; landscape designs are your chance to make a great first impression. A flower garden is a great option, but if ongoing care is a concern, you can simplify the process by opting for low-maintenance succulents, bushes or hedges instead. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider simple and easy-to-implement landscape design ideas, such as grass, gravel pathways, water features, statues, wood fences or stone walls. What features should I have in my garden or backyard? While landscapes are seen as a primarily aesthetic component, there are additions you can incorporate in your landscape design to make it as functional as possible. The garden can be designed for entertaining and playtime with seating, dining areas, play spaces and sunny relaxation spots. A vegetable or flower garden is a common yard staple, especially if you add an interesting element like a pergola, arbor, walkway or fence. If you’re looking for lively landscape decorating ideas, consider adding fun accessories like birdbaths and feeders. For the ultimate party house, incorporate a pool and patio, or consider a deck with a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue and/or outdoor kitchen. If you’re an active, sports-loving family, add a basketball or volleyball court, or set up a bocce ball or croquet area. And don’t forget about furniture! A bench in a garden makes a great reading or meditation spot, while a weatherproof chaise lounge, sofa and chair are nice for soaking up those sunny days.
Home Landscape Design
Weekend 10 simple landscape design tricks to boost curb appeal and make your yard beautiful Landscaping requires ongoing effort to keep your plants and flowers looking great season after season. Your hard work will be well-rewarded if you follow these 10 landscaping tips that you can start implementing your own yard today. Tips: • Break up sections of your landscape with different colors or textures using ornamental grasses, perennials and plants that grow to different heights. • Avoid planting flowers and plants close together as your layout may become overgrown and crowded in a year. Space plants 1 to 3 feet apart, and trim as they grow. • Use color to create focal points in areas that you would like to highlight, such as a sitting area, gazebo or front entry. • Use flowers or other types of plants that grow higher closer to your home, and plants that grow to lower heights in front of them so they are visible. However, avoid planting large-growing plants in front of windows to avoid a potential uprooting project in the future. • Use evergreen shrubs as a foundation plant rather than deciduous shrubs. • Use landscaping accessories to break up your yard, such as boulders, birdbaths or benches. WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT Lawn mower Chalk spray Hose Twine Lawn fertilizer Weed killer Shovel Hoe Tape measure Stump remover Plants and trees (as desired) Landscape rocks Outdoor decor TOOLS Lawn mower Chalk spray Hose Twine Lawn fertilizer Weed killer Shovel Hoe Tape measure Stump remover MATERIALS Plants and trees (as desired) Landscape rocks Outdoor decor 1 If you’re a beginner, keep it simple • Use informal hedges and flowers that require less pruning. • Opt for more grass and fewer flowerbeds, or create a rock garden. • Ask an associate at your local store for ground cover varieties that can provide greenery that rarely needs mowing. 2 Think of your landscaping in terms of the big picture • Don’t randomly place flowers and plants on a whim. • Avoid scattered placements so that you don’t end up with a mismatched or cluttered look. 3 Outline your layout Use chalk spray, hoses or twine to lay out your landscape patterns before breaking ground. 4 Don’t cut your grass too short • Keep your lawn 2 to 3 inches tall, which is typically the highest setting on most push mowers. • Removing more than one-third of the grass blades leads to shorter root systems and moisture depletion. • Weeds germinate more when grass is not tall enough to shade them out. • Combat any brown, patchy spots by reseeding and adding fertilizer. Learn more in our Overseeding Project Guide. 5 Don’t ignore weeds • If you see a dandelion or crab grass, break out the weed killer spray to attack the roots so new weeds won’t sprout up. • Barren patches in your lawn are perfect spots for weeds to grow, so use a fertilizer on them with built-in weed control. 6 Don’t put the wrong plant in the wrong place • Make sure you choose plants that are suited to your area’s climate. • Check the plant tags for advice on hardiness, height, spacing, feeding, watering and light preferences. • Picture the plant five years into the future. How tall is it? How wide is it? Does it fill the allotted space? If not, pick another plant. 7 Don’t overshadow smaller plants • Do not overshadow smaller plants. • When choosing areas for plants, think tall to small. Start with taller plants, and gradually fill out your landscaping area with smaller plants. Don’t place sun-loving plants in the path of taller neighbors. • Remember that fast-growing plants may block the sun with their large size, so place shade-loving plants facing north. 8 Be careful planting near utilities Roots can penetrate tiny gaps in underground pipes and cause major damage. Know exactly where your electric, phone, cable and gas lines are before planting. Call your local utility companies before you dig to ensure safety. 9 Don’t plant too close to your home’s foundation • What looks like a tiny sapling may sprout roots that can grow up to three times the height of a tree. A tree planted near your home can cause cracks in your foundation, leading to costly repairs. • Plant medium or large trees 30 to 50 feet away from the house, and small trees 15 feet away. 10 Don’t settle for what is already growing • If you have an overgrown or outdated landscape, there is nothing wrong with removing shrubs, hedges, plants or flowers, especially if they are too big for a particular area. • A great way to uproot unwanted greenery is with Stump-Out, which works in four to six weeks. At that time, finish the job with a shovel and a hoe to cut roots below the surface.•
Home Landscape Design
Many of us face a dilemma: we enjoy having plants in our yards, but we also like to travel during the summer. So how do the plants get watered while we're gone? Sometimes a friend or relative can come to the rescue, but why chance it? There's a lot tied up in your home landscape design, both in terms of money and sentimental value. But don't ditch your travel plans! Just install an automatic irrigation system in your home landscape design.
When one thinks about home landscape design, it is aesthetic considerations that immediately come to mind. Functionality, however, takes precedence over aesthetics. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to have both; but when push comes to shove, one needs to be more concerned that a home landscape design is secure, safe, convenient and usable.
Failure to Irrigate Automatic irrigation is an option to consider if you have a large lawn. David Beaulieu Many of us face a dilemma: we enjoy having plants in our yards, but we also like to travel during the summer. So how do the plants get watered while we're gone? Sometimes a friend or relative can come to the rescue, but why chance it? There's a lot tied up in your home landscape design, both in terms of money and sentimental value. But don't ditch your travel plans! Just install an automatic irrigation system in your home landscape design.
Forgetting the Place of Functionality in Landscaping This lovely fence offers security, as well as eye candy. David Beaulieu When one thinks about home landscape design, it is aesthetic considerations that immediately come to mind. Functionality, however, takes precedence over aesthetics. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to have both; but when push comes to shove, one needs to be more concerned that a home landscape design is secure, safe, convenient and usable.