Green landscape design tips for beginners
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Whether you’ve newly become a homeowner or have decided to give a hand at landscaping for the first time, then this post can rescue you from the stress of creating a beautiful backyard! Most definitely, landscaping requires time and effort. A good thing to remember is that your efforts don’t go futile. A beautifully landscaped yard can up the value of your property and gives you a reason to spend time outdoors surrounded by nature; great for mind, body and soul.
In Focus: Lawn
- Look for healthy soil
Soil is the base of a good yard. Good quality soil that is healthy will help grow healthy and well blossomed plants and flowers. If it’s your first landscape project, you may want to seek help from to test the soil. Otherwise you can easily buy a DIY soil testing kit from a garden center or nursery. The soil test can give you a clear idea about the soil quality and hence help you decide the type of soil you should choose for your garden.
- Get some fine grass
It’s important to note that your yard may not look so thriving in the first few years of planting grass, but it will eventually turn into a lush green space in a year or two. To ensure the grass is green, healthy and of top quality, choose the one that is best suitable for the climate in your region.
- Fertilize the soil well
Just like plants need water, your garden needs fertilizers to grow beautiful, lush and thick. Fertilizers can be applied using different methods but using a spreader helps you fertilize the soil evenly across all areas and is more efficient too. While it may be tough to fertilize your garden, it can be extremely fruitful as your lawn can turn lush green soon. Also, the best time of the year to fertilize is in late spring and early summer, i.e. around April and June and also during fall and early winter, i.e. September and November.
In Focus: Overall Landscaping Design
When you talk about landscaping design for your yard, the soil, grass and lawn care is essential, hence mentioned above. Landscape design for your outdoor living and green area requires some considerations, like what you would like to use it for? Cookouts? Meditation? Food garden? Children’s play area? Some pet friendly yard? Once you have answers to these questions, you can decide how you want to design your backyard.
- Outdoor Living Spaces
Ideally, if you have large space, you can design outdoor living spaces like patios and decks which can be used for cookouts, family time, meal time, and some relaxing time on your own to unwind. If you have small yard, you can still create some seating space in a nook or corner. Your options may be limited, but aren’t eliminated.
- Planting flowers
For first time landscaping, it’s important to understand what plants work best for your region. Having all the knowledge about plants and flowers will only help you plan your yard better.
It is best to use perennials and annuals as they’re mostly low maintenance and require minimum attention. Also, see if you want to plant flowers in the earth or raised flower beds or planters? Planters allow you to move around plants as per need (you may want to put flowers indoors when the temperature is too cold or hot).
- Leave some space free
Don’t overdo planting. It is best to leave some space and create a balance between planting and some hardscapes. A good balance will give the yard a nice structure and a pleasant feel to your property. An overly done yard with too many plantings can be an eye sore instead of being soothing for the eyes.
Make sure you do your research and explore some garden centers or nurseries for landscaping ideas before touching your yard. This will put you in the right direction and consequently you’ll be able to work on creating a wonderfully landscaped backyard in your home.
Alan Alexandar is a frequent guest blogger on green home topics.
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