Apr 9, 2015

Tips for Front Yard Landscaping

Having a well-designed and manicured front yard is usually the area that most homeowners want to fix up the first because it is the part of the property that they see the most. It is also the first thing that others see when they come over or pass by. Here are some ideas to keep in mind that might help you choose a particular front yard design for your home.
1.  The first thing to keep in mind is that the layout looks much better if you are able to use the natural patterns in the ground to create the layouts and walkways. Once you are able to lay down a path it will put your flowers and plants at a lesser risk of being stomped on, and it will also present a more defined route to the front door of your home.

2. When it comes to adding any walls, bush hedges or fences in your front lawn, it is a good idea to keep them under two feet tall so that visitors don’t feel like they are caving in to your property. In addition to that, only add steps and curves in areas that call for it and not just for the heck of it. It is important to combine both aesthetics and practical matters when it comes to the outside of your home, and take note that it is best to have the shortest path possible from the edge of the yard to the front door.

3. If you have a very large front yard you will want to make sure that you don’t have to work hard to keep it looking nice. Think of ways to section off areas to replace with stones or turf, and even mulch in round spaces under trees to reduce the amount of yard work you will have to do. Just fence off the area that you want to keep as a lawn, and work to replace the rest of the grass with something less high maintenance.

4. For homes that do have very large and deep front yards, a great way to use up some of that space is by putting in large trees or bushes. They are great for adding some visual stimulation and also make it so that area of the home is less work to take care of.

5. After planting new trees the space surrounding the little trunk can appear very empty or barren, and you might want to fill that space up with a flower that will be good for at least a year, like strawflower, angel’s trumpet, or kochia, until the tree or shrub is mature enough to fill that space on its own.

6. If your property is one that you think would benefit from putting stairs in, keep in mind that as a general rule of thumb you should always have at least three there. If you don’t think the slope is high enough for three steps, put in a ramp instead. In addition to that, never make the steps wider or skinnier than the pathway they are coming from. It can be nice to accent the area with flowers or plants and use a different texture for the stairs compared to the path, but in the end that is really your decision.

7. While it might not seem like a big deal, keeping your front yard to scale is something else to consider. Choosing plants and structures that complement the size of your house are always the best way to handle the decorating and landscaping process.

Written by Mike West, owner of WestCo Grounds Maintenance. WestCo provides the best solutions for landscaping Jefferson City MO has to offer. They also specialize in irrigation and lawn sprinkler service.

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