Creating the perfect driveway or front yard does not begin and end with getting the surfacing right. Here are our tips for landscaping the best yard you can, for your property…
WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS?
Before you get stuck in, or even contact a landscaping company, have a think about what your needs are.
Every person’s home is different and so is their front or backyard.
Your requirements will be determined primarily by who you are and what your needs are.
For example, a family may wish to create a safe play space for the kids.
Whereas a retired couple may be more concerned with the visual aspects of their yard.
Decide what is important to you and your household, before proceeding any further with your plans.
WHERE IS THE SUN?
Working out which side of your property catches the early morning rays and where gets the evening sun, is a big factor in deciding what goes where.
The sun will determine where you plant the more heat loving plants and also where you decide to place any seating arrangements in your yard.
Once you know the positioning of the sun, or the type of environment that your yard occupies, the better you will be able to plan for it.
CONSIDER THE SPACE AVAILABLE
Is your yard or driveway large or small?
The space available makes a huge difference between opting for the big and bold ideas – probably best suited to a larger space – and sticking with a simple elegance – better in keeping with smaller yards.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Whatever you decide, don’t rush your decision.
You can start small by planting various shrubs and flower beds in specific locations in your yard.
Which plants do best in your garden’s conditions? What fares well in your neighbors’ yards?
Once you know what will work best given your soil type and terrain, it will be easier to plan ahead.
WHAT’S YOUR FOCAL POINT?
Having a focal point for your driveway or yard is important visually.
If there is an existing one – for example a large tree, or a striking rose bush, it could be planned around that.
Take some time to think about the focal point for your yard, before starting the project.
IS THERE A THEME?
Make sure that the theme of your landscaped yard is going to fit in with the overall style of the property.
In other words, if your home is contemporary, going for an overly fussy yard, may not complement it as well as perhaps a more modern looking style will.
Finally, whatever the style, age or size of your property, don’t forget to add some luscious greens to the plans for your yard.
Lush green foliage doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and can transform even the simplest of yards into something enticing or exotic.