If you’re the proud owner of a new property or maybe you just want to spruce things up around your home, a little bit of landscaping can go a long way. While some people have a green thumb and a talent for organizing, crafting the perfect green space around your home isn’t going to come naturally to everyone. The good news is there are some basic tips and tricks you can follow to help get the space around your house looking just the way you want.
Where Do I Start My Landscaping Project?
This may sound overly simple, but the first thing is to know where your property boundaries are. This way, when you’re doing your landscaping you’re not planting anything on the neighbours land or shire property. The last thing you want is to have to root up all your hard work because of a by-laws infraction.
Next, get all your measurements so you can create a landscaping plan. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to put into it, we’ll give you some ideas in this article. No matter what you decide to do, you’re going to want to have it planned out beforehand. If you have your landscaping designs planned out ahead of time then you’ll know what you can do yourself and what parts of the project it’s maybe best to bring in some professionals.
The foundation of your landscaping plan is going to be the hard surface areas. These include things you’re going to want to put in like patios and courtyards. You’ll also want to take into account the existing hard surfaces like pathways and driveways. Often people will want to jump right into planting garden beds around the house but if you do the hardscaping first you won’t run the risk of damaging your plants.
Have A Plant Plan
Once the hardscaping is done you’re going to want to plant up next to the house. It’s important that you do your research so you are picking plants with the long term in mind. Planting small shrubs or garden beds under your windows will accent them nicely but trees will become a problem. In time trees or large bushes will grow to obstruct your view and could even become hazards if left untended. A good rule of thumb is to plant larger trees and bushes at the corners of the house.
Front, Back or Sides?
What direction does your house face? If you have plants that don’t like too much sun where is the shadiest place to plant them? These factors that you can’t control will impact what plants you pick and what side of the house they’re going to be placed on. Make sure to put plants in places they’re going to be able to grow and thrive.
The Little Details
The landscaping around the house is a great place to put things like ceramic pots or a wooden trellis that allow for climbing plants to grow. Playing with not just the plants but decorative containers and the elements they grow in will let you compare and contrast the natural textures of your landscaping.
Landscaping can be a challenge but it’s always going to be a rewarding effort. It’s the little things like this that make a house into a home.