Have a Plan
Before buying a lot of plants you like and digging up the lawn, begin with a plan. Think about the type of ambiance you want to present and how different possibilities gel with the appearance of the house. A few planning sessions can allow you to come up with a front yard landscape design that is harmonious and beautiful. For example, to create a visually striking front yard,you may consider plants that will grow to a variety of heights such as flowers, larger hedges and a few small trees.
The plan you have in place for the front of the home should depend on the way the house looks from the street, not the other way around. That’s because so-called “curb appeal” is important; the way your front lawn looks can make things beautiful for guests who visit, but more importantly, will actually increase the value of your home whenever you’re ready to sell it. A good idea may be to start with the front door as a vocal point. You can then create sight lines toward it and frame it nicely with the plants you select.
Start with Stones and Concrete
If you’re going to be putting in paths or stone borders, it’s smart to handle that before dealing with plants. Often, soil will need to be displaced and you don’t want to have the plants settled only to move them around again.
In your effort to come up with a harmonious look, you may find that you’re selecting too many ferns, green bushes and trees. Remember to liven up the look of the yard by using colors. Lavender and other colors can make a pleasant state and make your yard stand out in the neighborhood.
Your ultimate goal when designing front yard landscapes may be to showcase all kinds of plants, but remember that these are growing entities that need water, sunlight and soil nutrients. With too much competition, you may find your carefully planned plants are withering because there is just not a room for everything. Start with a set number of plants and then add little by little.
Lighting can show off the beauty of your front lawn, even when it’s dark outside. As an added bonus, it can illuminate any paths or walkways for you and guests. Whether you use solar-powered fixtures or use so-called “Christmas lighting” wrapped around your bushes, light can be an unexpected but fantastic addition to your front yard.
When designing front yard landscapes, it’s imperative that you remember that someone will need to trim and prune all the plants you’re using. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to do a lot of yardwork each week, you may consider using mulch around trees, flowers and shrubs so you don’t need to mow or weedwhack the area around them.
Your front yard landscaping will look gorgeous if you work with these pointers in mind. Ensure you work with a landscaper and others with experience to create a lovely looking lawn.