Landscaping is the modification of the visible features of an area of land, including: Living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly called gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beauty within the landscape.
These landscaping ideas can add interest to your lawn and boost your curb appeal. Use these tips to create a timeless landscape that is easy to maintain and great to look at.
Choose Native Plants/native landscaping
Just like you should plant grass that is specific to your region, pick native plants for less upkeep. By choosing plants that are native or grow well in a specific zone or area, that will keep water and pruning prices down, and the plants will thrive.
Use Potted Plants
Incorporating pots into landscaping makes a yard not only more low-maintenance but also more versatile. Potted plants are an easy way to add color to different parts of a yard, and they are mobile. For an added pop of color, coordinate the flowers to the season. Try whites and pinks in the spring and summer; switch to yellows and reds in the fall.
Create Curved Lines
Landscapers often add edging around flower gardens, the house foundation, and sometimes sidewalks and driveways. Installing the edging in curves rather than perfectly straight lines adds appeal and character. The edging is permanent, so it enhances the landscape all year long and it’s an easy way to go from boring to beautiful.
Combine a Variety of Plants
Choose a diverse range of plants that bloom at different times so ornamental leaves will be visible all sea-son long. If all the flowers bloom at the same time, they’ll look attractive during that time frame but will lack color the rest of the year. Try using a perennial like Rozanne geranium because it blooms from June through October.
Consider Artificial Grass
In case you have kids or pets don’t be afraid to give artificial grass a shot. Artificial grass is the best way to make a yard dog-proof and kid-proof because there’s no way they’re going to run around and tear up your grass. Plus, it re-quires zero up-keep on the week-ends.
Illuminate Focal Points and Walkways
Attractive landscaping deserves to be seen after hours, which is where landscape lights come into play. The lights play many roles, from adding to the home’s attractiveness to illuminating steps and sidewalks for safety to showcasing points of interest in the landscape. Placing lights along-side paths and walkways is one of their most common uses, although that doesn’t mean they have to be set in straight lines at prescribed intervals. You can place them on alternate sides of a sidewalk to break up a line.
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By Musinzi Vera Otieno -BDO, KAREPS