The frost will soon be over and we’re sure you can’t wait to get outside and begin your spring landscaping. Have you planned for a garden according to your soil type, geographic location and local plants? Below are 8 tips for getting the best results for landscaping your yard.
1) Plant according to your climate
Before you rush out and purchase plants or seeds because of their exotic color or unusual features you should know the climate of your locale. This is crucial to successful gardening. Besides your town location, your own yard has a separate temperature in itself. Purchase plants that correspond to the various climates in your yard, sunny lawn spots, tree shaded areas, etc.
2) Do your homework
Plan exactly what you want your yard to look like in advance. Write down the details of what you plan to do and which sections of your yard you will begin with first. Get advice from professionals or the employees at your local lawn and garden stores. If you plan on hiring a gardening expert to help you, figure out the cost of that as well as what you will purchase for your yard.
3) Pest elimination
Planting and watering aren’t the only components for achieving a great lawn and garden. There is also the threat of garden pests and wildlife which can ruin your handy work before you are finished. Consider fencing or wires to keep out the wildlife. Some natural plants are natural deterrents to insects and animals as well.
Plant at the correct time of year
Even though you are eager to begin planning your ‘dream garden’ right away getting plants in at the right season give the best results. Always look at the seed packages for the best time to plant. For pre-potted plants, look at websites that give tips about the best times of year to plant. Your plants and flowers will be healthier and last longer if you follow this advice.
It is important to know just how large your shrubs, trees and flowers will grow in certain time spans and to estimate exactly how big they can get. Surrounding a small tree with a hedge may look pretty right then, but if the hedge grows to be taller than the tree it will ruin the effect – and the tree! Be sure to look at height and growth information of the plant before you purchase it. This way you will know what to expect beforehand.
Be prepared for maintenance
Growing a garden is not a touch and go project. Landscaping takes time, effort and care. Once your flowers and plants are in you have to water, fertilizer, trim off withered branches and plant parts, etc. Once you keep this factor in mind you can get the plants that require the least amount of care and attention for your location.
Landscape to compliment your home
The prime objective of landscaping is not only to beautify your yard, but also to give your home an aesthetic appeal. Create a horticultural ‘masterpiece’ by purchasing trees, hedges and flowers with color schemes to bring out the beauty of your home. If your house is white, choose plants that have rich, dark undertones. If your home is pale blue, nothing will look lovelier than bright yellow daffodils and vivid yellow tulips.
The lawn is the foundation of your yard and ironically it will be the last bit of horticultural ornamentation to go down. Choosing which grass types go best for your yard is determined by climate, soil and rain fall. Warm season grasses are:
- Bermuda grass
- Bahia grass
Cool season grass:
- Fine fescues
Special needs grasses: Shade:
- Rye grass
- Bahia grass
- Perennial grass