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Loving Your Little Landscape

I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.



Loving Your Little Landscape

Landscaping Your Newly Built Home

by Charlotte White

Building a home is an exciting milestone, but it often comes with a blank canvas for a yard. Transforming this empty space into a lush, inviting landscape requires careful planning and consideration.

Choosing The Right Plants

Before selecting plants for your new landscape, you need to understand your region's climate zone. This information will help you choose plants that thrive in your area's specific conditions while avoiding those ill-suited to survive in your environment.

When selecting plants, you also need to review the various areas of your yard, from full sun to deep shade. Each area may require different types of plants well-suited to their particular light conditions and microclimates within your landscape. When selecting plants for your new landscape, aim for a balanced palette incorporating various colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. This diversity creates visual interest while promoting ecological balance by attracting beneficial insects and supporting local wildlife.

Add Hardscape Features

In addition to elements like trees and shrubs, hardscape features like pathways add functionality while visually connecting different areas of your yard. Materials such as pavers or natural stone can be used to create attractive walkways that complement the home and landscape style.

A patio or deck area provides an ideal outdoor entertaining or relaxation space in any landscape design. Consider incorporating seating areas surrounded by plantings or installing an outdoor kitchen.

If your property has sloping terrain, retaining walls or terraces can help create level spaces for additional planting areas while providing structural support and preventing erosion. They can create visual interest and depth in an otherwise flat landscape.

Create Privacy And Boundaries

Fences or screens offer a practical solution for establishing privacy in your yard. They come in various styles, materials, and heights, allowing you choices that complement your home's architecture while serving its intended purpose.

Strategically placed shrubs and trees can provide a natural barrier that adds privacy without traditional fencing. Choosing evergreen species ensures year-round coverage to ensure your privacy. Outdoor structures like pergolas, arbors, or gazebos can serve as functional separations between different sections of your yard while adding architectural interest and providing shade during warmer months.

Establishing Garden Beds And Borders

When designing garden beds in your landscape, consider factors such as sunlight exposure, drainage patterns, proximity to outdoor living spaces, and ease of access for maintenance. Thoughtful planning will result in visually appealing beds that thrive throughout the seasons.

Choosing plants with varying heights is key when creating garden borders. Taller plants should be placed at the back of borders, with shorter plants at the front. This tiered approach maximizes visibility while creating depth.

Talk to a local landscaping company to learn more about new construction installation.