Each time you walk outside the front door, are you thrilled or mortified by what you see? Too often, people don’t think they can afford to improve the appearance of their yard. Actually though, when you know what to do you can speed up the process and it really doesn’t cost all that much in most cases.
It’s important to carefully consider your plant’s needs, as they can have a big impact on the success of your landscaping project. Choose plants based on sunlight amounts, soil chemistry and water needs. You wouldn’t want to plant trees in areas where they don’t have room to grow. Take the time to make sure your plants thrive wherever they are planted.
Online shopping is often overlooked as a landscaping resource. It’s easier and very convenient and you may find rare plant varieties that are not available at the local nursery.
Purchase at certain times of the year to save money. For example, buy lumber in the winter, and buy mulch or trees at the end of the season. If new varieties of plants become available, wait until the price drops; this normally takes a couple of years.
As you begin your landscape design journey, think about getting some advice from a professional before you make any major decisions. They will give you tips and tricks that are invaluable to help you save money and shorten the duration of the project. It may cost you $75 or so for a one hour consultation, but it may be well worthwhile.
If you are going to be the one mowing your lawn, use a mulching mower so the clippings will go back into the lawn. The decomposition of the grass will help add necessary nutrients your lawn needs which in turn will mean that you will decrease how much fertilizer you have to use.
Learn which landscaping products should be top quality, and which one are the same whether they are generic or name brand. Items such as common perennials, mulch and containers are no different no matter how much they cost. Check your plants over carefully. Places that carry them may not have been giving the right amount of care.
Plan your landscape so it looks nice year round. You need to have plants that bloom in the spring, those which continue to bloom in the summer, those which change color in the fall, and even some evergreens for the wintertime. The key to a year-round landscape is to research plants.
If you have a large shade tree in your yard, planting flowers underneath it can be difficult. You may want to consider using ground cover instead. It can really add a sense of beauty to your lawn, plus it’s quite simple to maintain. Some examples of good ground cover under trees include hosta and woodruff.
Use the above tips to get started on your garden. A lift in your mood can be achieved by stepping out the door, just from enhancing your yard. Coming home after work will be enjoyable, as you pull up to your newly renovated landscape. The time taken will be worth it in the end!