Design from the front
Since the landscape will be the first thing guests see while visiting your home, you should make the landscape standout from the gate. The first impression is important in creating a perception and thus, you should aim to give your guests an attractive appearance that seamlessly blends with the rest of your home. Nevertheless, as much as appearance is important, you should also not forget about the functional aspect of the landscape.
Take care of the hardscape first
Before you can set out plants, you should first complete the hardscaping projects such as patios, sidewalk, porch, arbour, fencing, decks and parking areas. These hardscaping projects usually involve construction, which can compact soil, destroy plants and damage turf. Planting plants should be the last project and it should happen after all heavy work is complete.
Work on the soil
The quality of your soil will determine how well and quickly your plants grow. You should add organic matter such as peat moss, pine bark, leaf mould and mushroom compost among others to improve the quality and organic component of the soil. When it comes to planting, your aim should be to enhance the look of your house and not to cover it. Therefore, in front of low porches and windows, you should go for groundcover or low growing shrubs. The larger plants should be planted on the corners of your home.
Consider the functionality
Although the main purpose of the landscape is to add beauty to your home, you should remember that your backyard is an outdoor living area. Therefore, you should factor activities that you can host in the area as well as sitting arrangements for outdoor living when the weather is appropriate. If you would like to host guests in the yard, you should create ideal places for fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and decks.
In addition to the design of the yard, it is also important to consider the plants that you will grow including their flowers. Since there are many options when it comes to the plants that you can grow, you should consider consulting an experienced landscaping expert for the best landscaping tips on selecting the right plants.