If you’ve dreamed of having a beautiful yard like you see in magazines, but think it’s too difficult, think again. Often very simple design options can transform a plain, boring yard, into something all your friends will want to visit.
As you are deciding how to landscape your yard, take time to study yards you like. Try to understand why you like them and which design aspects appeal to you and could be included in your own design.
Consider your climate when you’re planning your yard design.
You will want to have a yard that looks pleasant year round. Obviously you’re not going to have flowers growing in the winter, but if you choose trees and shrubs appropriately, you can still keep your house looking nice when the snow flies.
Decide how much time you have to maintain your yard.
You don’t want to choose shrubs that require significant trimming, or gardens that need extensive weeding if you have four small children and a dog at home requiring your care.
Choosing a focal point
Your first task when designing a new yard landscape, is to choose your focal point. Often a nice tree is a great place to start. If a full sized tree seems to extreme for your location, choose a dwarf tree, or a shrub. Be aware of how your neighbours have decorated their yards, because you don’t want to be the one house that is just too different.
To make your home seem inviting, spend some time creating a walkway to your front door. Depending on your personal taste, you may choose to lay decorative stones, or just use plain concrete. You may choose to plant small shrubs, or other plants alongside this walkway, but remember to check out how large the plants are expected to grow, and remember that you will want to leave the walkway wide enough to use. You don’t want to have to walk sideways in order to carry your groceries to the house.
Most people use a combination of trees, shrubs, and flowers to decorate their yard, but if flowers are too fussy for you, it’s okay to just use green plants. Your yard will look just as nice and may be easier to care for.
Some homeowners will find that undertaking huge landscaping project is more than they want to do. They have a few options. One is to hire consultants who can help them decide what they want, then install it for them. The other option is to just keep the yard really simple with a few tasteful shrubs and container gardens that accent the house.
Sometimes less really is more when it comes to landscaping. It’s ideal to wait a few years after moving into a new house before doing extreme landscaping. Often a few lively containers will brighten up the yard until a full landscaping project can take place.
Don’t take landscaping too seriously. It is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Take your time and don’t do anything too permanent until you are sure you know what you want.