The yard that surrounds your home is an important part of the property. If planned and cared for properly, it can up the curb appeal of your home and greatly increase your pleasure when spending time outdoors.
Creating a beautiful landscape and maintaining it all year long does require dedication and work, so here are several tips to help you achieve a vibrant landscape in your yard.
Make a Plan
Beginning with a plan for your landscaping project helps you visualize the arrangement of all the elements as well as the end result. As you create your plan, be sure to take into account any existing structures or plants you intend to keep as well as any that you want to add. If you plan to have your landscaping change as the seasons do, create a plan for each season so you know exactly which plants are where and what the area will look like from season to season.
Choose the Right Plants
Some seasons are better for growing plants than others, while each growing zone is unique in the type of plants that grow best there. For example, it is difficult to grow most plants in the winter, but by planting evergreen shrubs and trees, your yard can maintain a vibrant green color all year long.
Alternatively, spring is the time most plants begin to thrive, making it the perfect time to plant many different species of plants and flowers. Choose plants and flowers rated for the zone in which you live to ensure the most beautiful result.
Practice Pest and Weed Control
Nothing ruins a beautiful landscape faster than overgrown weeds and/or plant-eating pests. If you want your garden landscape to be as lovely and maintenance-free as possible, it’s a good idea to use weed barriers and pesticides to keep unwanted plants and bugs at bay. If you’re against using harmful methods of weed and pest control, opt for one of the many natural deterrents that are available.
Be Consistent with Watering and Mulching
Regular watering and mulching, especially during dry summer months, is a must to keep your yard and garden in tip-top shape. Keeping a thick layer of mulch in flower beds, for instance, will keep weeds from growing and helps keep the soil moist.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to watering is to give your lawn and garden at least one inch of water per week, especially during the drought season.
As a homeowner, you do your best to keep your home looking and functioning great. The yard surrounding that home is just as important, so use the tips outlined above to create and maintain a vibrant landscape in your yard.