If you’ve just purchased your first home, you’re probably very eager to get to work making the outside reflect your personality. However, you can end up messing things up in a big way if you don’t do it right. There are a few tips and tricks to landscaping that every beginner should know.
Landscaping tips and tricks for beginners
- Live there for a while. If you absolutely can’t stand to look at your current landscaping (or lack thereof), settle for a few annual flowers, and start getting rid of weeds. More permanent landscaping solutions should be saved for after a year of living there. That way you’ll be sure of where they will do best in all seasons. While you wait, you can start purchasing some of the important landscaping tools you will need.
- Determine the atmosphere. Learn where the sun rises and sets, and which parts of your yard get partial and full sun, or no sun at all. You’ll need to know this to determine what type of plants can go where. It’s also helpful to know where the wind will blow snow drifts, if you have any, and if there are any wet spots.
- Learn the terminology. You need to know what you’re talking about. Do the words deciduous, annual, perennial, and conifer make your head spin? It’s important to know what you’re planting, so that you know what you’ll end up with. Check out this landscaping glossary for some common landscaping terms and definitions.
- Don’t try to do it all at once. With landscaping, it’s very easy to get in over your head. If you buy too many of something, your yard will look cluttered and overrun rather than well maintained.
- Fill in the bare spots with grass first. One of the first things you should do is plant grass where it needs to be. A lush lawn is the staple for any landscape.
- Remember that trees grow. Yes, that sounds silly. However, that tree you want to plant next to your house will only get bigger, and at some point the roots may interfere with your foundation, or, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, that same pretty little apple tree may end up in your bedroom in ten years. It’s best to keep smaller plants near the house and larger things like trees farther out in the yard.
- Take note of plant size. Plant flowers from largest to smallest. You don’t want to plant something like a sunflower in front of a tulip. You’ll never see it.
The most important part of landscaping is planning. Though all new homeowners are excited to make the outside of their home beautiful, landscaping takes thought and care. Not only is it expensive, but it is also something you’ll have to live with for years. Spending some extra time in the learning and planning stages will be well worth it down the road.
Do you have any landscaping tips and tricks to add?