Monthly Archives: January 2016
Your home’s front yard is usually the first impression someone will have when they come to visit you and your family. Even if you have a beautiful home, if your front yard is a mess & not cared for it then becomes a reflection on the condition of your whole home. A well developed front yard landscaping idea will change the total look of your home, making it a more pleasant place. The right idea and plan should also be able to drive up the value of your home in these tough economic times.
It is obvious that a house with a beautifully landscaped yard will sell for a higher price, and much quicker than a house whose yard is unkempt. On the other hand, a house with a well maintained landscape should be able to create the perfect atmosphere for your visitors, as well as prospective buyers. For example, people may imagine moving into your home, and beginning to think emotionally instead of logically.
Many different landscaping ideas my be implemented in addition to spiffing up the front yard. For example you can improve the back yard, or add a patio, deck or breezeway. All of these ideas should all value to your improve and improve its ability to sell.
No matter what area of the home you decide to work on, front yard, back yard, or the exterior of the house, you want to the best job possible. By using a little elbow grease, and working intelligently you should be able to improve the chances that you will receive top dollar for your home.
When choosing and setting out plants in the front yard or any landscaping for that matter, you need to consider more than just how things will look. You should also consider other factors such as sun or shade, duration of sun or shade, soil type, purpose, the elements, and what specific plants will require or do in the future. There are also a few other considerations such as how close to plant to the home and its foundation.
When setting out plants in the front yard, place small shrubs and bushes 4 to 6 feet away from the home. If set closer than this, they could be deprived of sunlight or rain because of a wide overhang from the roof. They could also get fried from intense heat reflecting off of the wall. Placed away from the home in a wider staggered row rather than a narrow row, they also add a 3d effect to the landscape that makes the home seem more substantial.
Another consideration that most folks don’t think of is the long term effects of planting around the foundation of the home.
Keep in mind the space that plants and their roots will occupy at maturity. Roots are a powerful force that can find their way through rock. They also don’t seem to have much trouble with foundations.
Most plants, of course, require water. Watering, and especially flooding plants and beds around foundations creates a potential for a damaged foundation. This doesn’t always happen but it does happen. If you’re going to have plants close to the home, spot watering individual plants, a drip system, or even a low profile spray is safer than flooding the entire area.
Lime leach from concrete is a problem that I see quite often. It’s such a common problem because it takes a long time to show up. Over time, lime leaches out of the concrete into the soil causing the soil to become alkaline. If the ph of the soil gets too high, plants will start to look sick and yellow. Usually, keeping the beds tilled with a lot of organic matter will buffer and prevent this problem. Adding sulfur and organics to beds that are already affected will help turn the problem around.
The main thing to keep in mind when setting out landscaping plants, along with how they’ll look, is what they will do in the future. Whether it’s front yard landscaping, backyard landscaping, or any other part of your landscape, keeping these main points in mind could possibly save you a lot of frustration and money in the future.