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Friday, August 24, 2012
HOT LANDSCAPING TIPS AND IDEAS FOR FRONT AND BACK YARDS
Do you find your front or back yard disturbing? Or perhaps do you have more harsh words for it? Are your neighbors unwilling to come to any party you are hosting in your backyard? You do not need to continue being the landscape outcast of your neighborhood. It is time to take action, and this article can help by providing you with advice to fix up your yard, making it the envy of the neighborhood.
Don't forget to consider your climate when choosing plants for landscaping. You may love a certain plant or tree, if it needs elements such as a frost to grow, you may be disappointed if your area is under the frost line. Also think of sunlight, rain and wind strength when selecting plants.
You don't always need the most expensive product. For instance, the cheaper mulch, potting mix and plant containers are perfectly fine for home garden and landscaping purposes. Be careful when choosing your plants though. Often plants that are being sold on clearance have been neglected or are already past their prime.
You can save money on any plant purchases by ordering them online through catalogs and mail order sites. If you're looking for more unique plants, you can often find a better price online. It will be more convenient for you as well because you do not have to worry about transporting the plants since they will be shipped to your house. However, you do need to always consider shipping costs, to find out if it really is a good value to purchase the product.
Many times incorporating multi-level elements into your garden landscape design will add dimension. You can add elements like terraces, fountains, and other elements, but remember not everything can fit. Heavy equipment can be used to add three-dimensional interest but it is not essential. With a little determination you can even accomplish the task using hand tools like shovels and wheelbarrows.
Before planning for your landscaping project, get some professional guidance. It is well worth the price in order to avoid wasting money and time in the future. Just an hour long consultation should be enough to get some pointers, and get you started on the right track.
Do the work on your yard in different phases. Instead of trying to do your whole landscape design project at once, try dividing it into sections and doing one part at a time. This will make your project more affordable. Either go through sections of your lawn, or target plant selections by groupings.
A common placement for plants on property is around the edges. While this is preferred, you should also place shrubs in other areas in your yard. By placing plants throughout your landscape you will create the feel of depth. It can give your house the appearance of being farther away from the road.
If you are doing your own landscape design, it would be a good idea to add mulch to your flowerbeds. Mulch is a great way for your plants to stay hydrated so that they can survive in warmer weather. Mulch also enriches the soil as it breaks down, which creates nutrient dense soil for your plants. So, keep your plants fed and your soil moist by using mulch.
Trim back your plants in the fall to maintain a manicured look for your yard. Many plants, especially hollies, azaleas, and forsythia, are prone to excessive growth. Don't fear trimming them down to near nothing. They will grow quickly and fill out wonderfully.
Edging is a great skill to pick up and looks great all over the yard, both front and back. When you start edging do your best to apply it everywhere you can to get a professional look around the whole house. You want to remember to do things like edge where the mulch meets the grass; this can really improve the look of your house.
Now that you are ready to get started on your garden design project, it is time to get started on a job that will have all your neighbors talking and wondering what is your secret. Your landscaping look will have that professional touch that will keep them wondering if you did it yourself!