Every homeowner wants their home to impress everyone who sees it: family members, neighbors, friends, passersby, potential buyers, etc. We work hard to keep our homes in the best possible condition by performing regular maintenance and service.
One of the most common home projects that homeowners work on regularly, including every summer, is landscaping. A home that has vibrant and lush plants, mulch, and accents on the exterior can gain a lot of attention, impressing neighbors and all passersby.
If you want to take your landscaping to the next level without spending a fortune on hiring a landscaping company, keep reading. We’re sharing 5 tips for better landscaping so your home can be the best on the street this summer (and year-round)!
1. Plan, plan, plan
As with any major home project, you want to make sure you do your research and plan before you get your hands dirty. What is there to plan for your home’s landscaping? A lot of things! If you hire a professional landscaping company then they’ll work with you to plan the design and will help you select plants. On the contrary, if you’re planning on DIYing your landscaping then you’ll be responsible for doing all of the planning.
So where do you begin if you’re going to DIY your landscaping project? Start by researching which shrubs and flowers thrive in Colorado to ensure they look appealing year-round. In addition to selecting which shrubs and flowers you’ll use, you’ll also want to plan the following:
- The line of your landscape
- The texture of the plants/flowers you’ll be adding
- The colors you’d like to add to your garden beds
- The order of your landscaping
There are plenty of things you can plan before you get started on your DIY landscaping project. Just be sure to do your research ahead of time so you’re not going into your project blindly.
2. Include a variety of plants
Like we mentioned in our first tip, it’s important to do your research on the types of plants you want to include in your landscaping to understand which ones grow best in our climate. Not only should you research which plants thrive in Colorado, but you’ll also want to research which plants go well together so you can include a variety of them in your landscaping. When you add a variety of plants to your landscaping it can add great balance to your yard, something that’s sure to catch the eye.
3. Select plants that can survive Colorado winters
This tip goes hand in hand with tip #2, but be sure to select plants that can survive the harsh winters of Colorado. Try to choose plants that are native to the Centennial State. Plants like smooth sumac, lavender, and the prickly pear cactus can withstand our subzero temperatures and snow. Of course, you can consider planting annuals each year that will add a pop of color and personality to your landscaping, but your main plants should be able to withstand our winters to ensure they look their best for as long as possible.
4. Add lights
Your landscaping deserves to be displayed at nighttime as well as during the day. To ensure passersby see your hard work and beautiful design, add lights to the final product. There are plenty of landscape lighting options from path lights to spotlights. Whether you’re wanting to add a more rustic look or a vintage look, there are many different lighting options that can be found at your local home improvement store. Follow this guide from This Old House for some inspiration as well as an installation guide!
5. Grow better grass
If you’re looking for an easy way to improve your landscaping, growing better grass is a great place to start. As previously mentioned, weeds are an inevitable part of owning a home; no matter how well you take care of your lawn, every yard will have some weeds that grow. If you hire a lawn care company to treat weeds and fertilize your yard then you probably don’t have to worry about growing better grass. On the other hand, if you take care of your lawn yourself, consider growing better grass to improve your landscaping. Treat any existing weeds and be sure to fertilize and water often to grow a greener and more lush yard.
Following the tips above will help you improve your landscaping in no time. Whether you’re going to DIY your landscaping project or hire a professional, you’ll benefit from researching and planning beforehand. The 5 tips for better landscaping above will help improve your property’s curb appeal in no time!
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