Landscaping Tips

Landscaping Tips

You can create a yard that gives you four seasons of beauty and function. A smart landscaping plan will also add to your home’s curb appeal and value. However, your landscaping plan doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating a great landscape.

Lighting

Consider investing in landscape lighting West Palm Beach. Lighting is used to illuminate paths and interesting landscaping areas. For example, you may have a unique tree you want to uplight, or you may have a blooming flower garden that will benefit from illumination. Don’t focus on straight lines, but vary your lighting throughout your yard to break up harsh lines and angles and showcase your landscaping features.

Go Green

Your yard should have a range of plants. They should be different colors and bloom at different times of the year. In addition, your flower and plant beds should be layered, with shorter plants in the front and taller plants in the back. If you live in drought-prone areas, consider planting drought-resistant plants, such as succulents.

For year-round appeal, add some evergreen trees or shrubs to your landscaping. These plants retain their needles, and thus their green color, throughout the year. They can be used to soften corners or harsh lines on your home.

Focus on Curves

Your home will typically have harsh, straight lines and corners. Therefore, your landscaping should have smooth, curved lines. You may choose to use edging rather than blocks or pavers to create loosely flowing garden beds and berms.

Use Hardscapes

Hardscapes, such as patios, decks, pools and walkways not only add function to your landscaping, but they also add style and protect your landscape. For example, you don’t have to trample down your green grass if you have a well-planned path to all your outdoor areas. If you don’t enjoy mowing, or would rather spend more time enjoying your landscape than maintaining it, hardscapes are a great option. A nice deck or patio, especially one that is at least partially covered, offers a relaxing oasis while eliminating plant life that requires maintenance. However, your hardscapes may also require minimal maintenance, such as yearly staining for decks and fences.

Focal Points

Be sure your design has at least one main focal point. For example, you may incorporate water or fire features into your landscape. Sculptures or structures, such as a gazebo, may also be installed as features. Proper installation and investment in quality products will ensure that your yard’s focal points last for years to come.  

Consider seeking the help of a landscaping company to create a quality, well-planned landscape that is both beautiful and functional and will save you time and money.