Unless you have the time, money and interest to change the look of your yard, you’ll probably just want to work with what yard nature has given you. In this article, we’ll help you make the most out of your landscape and make it work for you, eventually giving you the best outdoor life you can ask for.
Softscapes refer to the different plants you will put in your yard. From flowers, succulents, plants, shrubs and trees, these all fall under the softscapes category. Pick them wisely by considering what soil type you have, the plant’s preferred environment to thrive in, and the area you’re working with. To make it easier, research plant combination which work well and known to complement each other.
From your patio material to your borders, pathways, decks, pergolas and other structure fittings, hardscapes, it’s best to plan for it. Consider your home’s exterior and your existing outdoor landscape. A well-chosen patio material will make the hardscape blend seamlessly with your home and surroundings. If it’s possible, consider using a hardscape that matches the look of your exteriors. For example, a stamped concrete matched with a concrete façade or a brick pavement with a brick exterior will make your outdoor structure look like it came with the property.
Natural land features
From an undulating elevation to a nearby spring or a jutting stones, try to view these natural land features as nature’s gifts to you rather than unwanted mess. Consider landscape looks which make the best of whatever natural land feature you have and you’ll have an outdoor design which costs less to create and maintain.
Don’t forget to look up your neighborhood rules and regulations regarding yard work and landscaping. See how much front yard allowance is required for public walkways and pathways. If you’re planting a tree near your house’s boundary and its branches might encroach your neighbor’s space, consult with them first before planting to avoid future conflicts. Also research zoning laws and regulations so that your plans will see a smooth transition from the blueprint to your outdoors.