Good landscaping increases your house’s curb appeal and gives you a sense of pride in how your property looks. Now that summer is here, it’s time to focus on your landscaping. Even though landscaping can vary from house to house, there are ways to get the most out of your yard.
Good Lawn Care
Most landscaping designs feature green, well-manicured lawns. While lawn care might vary by region and the type of grass you’re growing, the basic maintenance is the same. The first, and most obvious, is to keep your lawn properly watered. If you get a lot of rain in your area, then this might not be a big concern. But most homeowners will need to water their lawns with sprinklers at least a few times per week.
Mow your grass regularly. Keeping your lawn from becoming overgrown is one of the best things you can do to keep your lawn looking good. Make sure the blades on your lawnmower are sharp so they cut the grass and not pull at it. The best length for your grass will typically depend on the type of grass you have. The general rule of thumb is to cut ⅓ of the length of the grass blade.
Fertilizer and weed killer should be applied as needed. Some strains of grass are hardier than others, so it’s best to check with your local lawn care supply company to see what will work best for you.
Trim Shrubs, Bushes, And Trees
Your landscaping can start to look sloppy if you let your shrubs, bushes, and trees become overgrown. This probably needs to be done once or twice per year, depending on the growth rate of your foliage. While there is no best time of year to do your pruning, it’s good to prune summer flowering plants when they are dormant.
Consider A Native Plant Garden
Using plants that are native to your area has many large benefits because they have evolved to adapt to your area. Because the plants naturally grow where you are, they can handle the local climate much easier than non-native plants and can hold water better- helping you save on your water bill and possibly improve drainage. They also are much more resistant to disease, which means that the use of pesticides is rarely needed. This is much better for the environment. Finally, native plants are good for much-needed insects and birds that depend on these plants for their own survival. The result is that the small ecosystem in your yard will
Landscaping And Water Drainage
It’s important to remember that any landscaping you do will affect water drainage around your house. You always want your landscaping to be sloped away from your house. This prevents water from pooling around the foundation of your home and possibly causing a flooding problem. If your garden is properly sloped and you’re still noticing pooling, consider installing a french drain. French drains are a small ditch that collects the runoff water and carries it away from your house. If possible, the water from a french drain should be directed towards a storm sewer. Another way to help your property’s water drainage is to grow a rain garden. Rain gardens are gardens with a slight slope that are meant to hold and soak in runoff water. The best plants for rain gardens are native plants.
Light Up Your Property
Lights are not only used for the safety of your home and surrounding property, but they can also be used as accents to your landscaping. For example, landscaping lights can be used to illuminate parts of your garden. Lights are also great for lighting up walkways and backyard decks. There are a lot of different garden lights on the market, each with a specific use. Before buying any lights, plan out where you want your lights to go. Also, consider how the lights are powered. Many landscaping lights are solar-powered, which is great if you live in an area with a lot of sun. But if you don’t get a lot of sun, solar lights are probably not a good choice. You can also get lights powered by electricity. The benefit is that they’ll always have power and brightly illuminate your landscaping.
Landscaping Is An Art And Science
Your property’s landscaping will be an ongoing project that will never quite be finished. There will always be more you can do. The best part is, however, you have a lot of leeway to be creative and stand out in your neighborhood.