There is no doubt that when landscaping you want to create an attractive lawn or garden, but without blowing a of cash. Not only can landscaping help you beautify your home, but it can also provide a source of satisfying exercise in the fresh air. When you take care of your yard on your own, it is possible to save money and to improve your physical conditioning. But if you don’t know what you are doing, your landscaping can look like a disaster, which leaves you with a lot of time and money wasted.
However, it is possible to ensure a better looking landscape by following a few tips that can help you take better care of your yard.
Know your soil type.
Some plants thrive in soil with more acidity, and others prefer a little more alkali. Additionally, sandy soil and clay soil, as well as the presence of a loamy soil, can make a difference in what types of plants will thrive in a landscape. You should have your soil evaluated in order to determine what types of vegetation you can plant successfully on your property. When you purchase plants that will flourish in the soil conditions present in your yard, then you make a wiser money decision, and you end up with a more attractive landscape. If there are plants that you would like to use in your soil, but the soil is not quite ideal, it is possible to improve the soil to proper conditions. You need only add mulch or peat, or to add crushed limestone or clamshells, depending upon what you hope to accomplish. As long as there is not a great difference in what you have and what you hope to achieve, it is possible to make soil adjustments to be more accommodating.
Understand how much space each of the plants need.
There are some plants that require more room for their root systems than others. If you choose one plant that tends to grow and spread out everywhere, and you do not have adequate space, you will find that your other plants may be crowded out or that they may choke and die. Also, make sure you understand the spacing requirements for between plants. Many shrubs and small trees need to be planted at least three to four feet apart to have enough room to grow.
Use native plants in your landscape design.
One of the most effective things you can do to ensure a good-looking yard is to make use of native plants. Find out what plants grow best in your area, and what plants are indigenous to the region. This way you will already be ahead, in that you know that the plants you choose are adapted to the climate. You will not have to struggle against natural inclinations to keep your landscape looking beautiful. If you do use non-native plants, make sure that they come from a place that shares a climate similar to the one in which you live.
Plan your landscape around different blooming times.
Different plants bloom at various times throughout the year. If all of the plants in your landscape are at their most attractive all at the same time, then your yard will look beautiful for a few weeks each year, but lose all its beauty and appeal the rest of the year. One way to help avoid this is to choose attractive bushes and shrubs that look good green, but also have some sort flower. However, it is a good idea to stagger plants among each other. Plant tulips and crocus among later-blooming plants so that in early spring the bulbs bloom, and then when those flowers’ time is up, the next plants will be in bloom. In this way the cycle of your landscape is in keeping with the seasons ensuring that your yard and garden are attractive all year long.
Use wood chips around shrubs, bushes and trees.
Wood chips can help the ground around shrubs, bushes, and trees look more attractive. Not only do the chips cover the ground (often looking better than dirt in these areas where it is difficult for grass to grow), but they also help keep in moisture, repel weeds, and provide natural food as they break down. Likewise, attractive ground cover like Hens and Chicks succulents placed around trees and shrubs can make the area more interesting and pleasing to the eye.
With a little bit of hard work and research into the proper plants for your climate, their proper spacing, and growing seasons, you can have a beautiful lawn and garden all year long.
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