How to Get the Most Out of Your Yard
Do you find yourself looking out your window into an overgrown, foliage-filled wasteland? If you haven’t landscaped in years, than it’s time to make a master plan and put that wasted space to good use. A well-planned yard gives you extra room to enjoy without adding a tremendous amount of upkeep. To make the most out of your outdoor space, follow these steps:
Step 1: Take Inventory
First, take a walk around your property Think about what you would like to have a year from now. Is it more trees for shade, more grass to play in, a flower or herb garden for cutting? Once you know what you want, it's time to start thinking about the plants you will need.
Step 2: Select the Right Plants
A healthy, lush and vibrant lawn or garden starts with your choice of plants. Choose trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants that grow well in your area. By choosing plants that are native or tested to be tolerant of the weather in your area, your yard will require less work and give you better results.
Step 3: Get to Know Your Yard
It is very important to monitor the cycles of light and moisture in your yard. Late summer is a good time to note where the sun is at different times of the day and to record how much water is available naturally. Be aware of the areas with day-long shade vs sun and plant accordingly!
Step 4: Add Shape and Texture
Two key elements for a beautiful garden are shape and texture. Think of your landscape as a photograph or painting framed by plants. Larger trees and plants belong in the back of your yard, medium-sized shrubs and flowers go in the middle of the visual field and short, smaller plants go in the front. To give shape to your garden, select a variety of plants with different shapes and sizes.
By taking the time to think through what you want your yard to look like, you'll have greater gardening success! And remember a well-planned landscape adds significant value to any piece of property.