It may be hard to believe that spring is here with the winter weather that many folks have seen this winter. Spring is a great time to create your landscape from scratch.
Let’s get started. You may be literally starting from scratch or perhaps you desire a transformation. Either way, you’ll need to make a plan.
If you’re starting with nothing, you’ll want to mark off the areas where you will have any pathways such as a driveway or sidewalks. Also mark off your sections where you’ll plant the grass. You will then have a much better idea of where you can start to plot your planting sections.
You may want to consider making a drawing, as recommended in the blog post from Confessions of a Serial DIY-er.
If you’re doing a makeover, BHG recommends a three-year plan. Start by removing overgrown and unwanted plants. Try to salvage what you can, especially trees since they take the longest to grow.
With either configuration, the next thing you should do –before planting– is install any new hardscape– sidewalks and driveways, or new decks. Installation can be hazardous to your new plants, so these should be built before you begin any planting.
When choosing your plants, there are several things to consider:
- First, find a good book or website for your local area on what plants do best for your neck of the woods.
- Consider the long term size of your plants and trees. Make sure you leave enough room for them to grow.
- How often do you want to re-plant? If you don’t want to do yearly planting, make sure that the majority of your plants are perennials. Annuals live for one season, perennials will continue to bloom year after year.
- Do you wish for your garden to be as environmentally friendly as possible? If so, plant native plants so your yard can be beneficial to your local habitat.
- Consider visual pleasure. Make sure to intermingle various sizes, colors and shapes of plants and flowers.
- Consider visual pleasure from all angles, even the indoors. Once you’ve plotted out all the angles, check to see if it is lovely from your windows, as well as from the curb in front of the house.
- Make sure you plant for all seasons. Don’t just plant what’s in season at the moment. Plant some evergreens if you live in cold weather area. And make sure your flowers bloom at intervals so you’ll have a lovely yard all year long.
- Plant where your flowers will get the proper amount of sunlight.
- Budget, budget, budget. Landscaping can be expensive, make sure you budget ahead of time.
Landscaping Has Many Benefits
Landscaping your yard is a big job. In the long run you will reap the rewards of your landscaped yard.
Good landscaping can increase the value of your home. Curb appeal can make or break the sale of a house.
A nicely landscaped yard is also good for the environment. Healthy yards keep local water sources from being polluted. And many plants you’ll put in your yard can be useful to your local habitat, keeping birds and bees fed.
Aside from the external benefits, a beautiful yard will give you pleasure and a healthy sense of satisfaction when you enjoy your yard.
So get out there and landscape that yard. You’ll be glad you did!