Landscaping is an important part of home improvement, and you need to take it seriously. The front yard is where the first impressions are made, so it’s important that your landscaping reflects your style and personality. If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s curb appeal with some gorgeous landscaping ideas, check out these designs suggested by Dust to Lawn:
Choose New Shrubs, Bushes and Flowers
Once you’ve picked your theme, next up is choosing the plants for your landscaping. You can choose from a range of options that are appropriate for the climate, easy to maintain and grow, in season and low maintenance. The exact cuttings you pick should be based on whether or not they’re deer resistant or require special care.
Don’t forget about the plants’ seasonal cycle. If you’re going to plant spring bulbs or flowers that bloom in summer, do it early so there’s plenty of time for them to grow before the heat sets in!
Add Some Trees
Trees are a great choice of landscaping, as they provide shade and help keep the temperature down. They can also reduce noise pollution or even be a good source of food for birds. Another bonus is that trees are a good source of oxygen.
If you want to plant some trees in front of your house, there are many beautiful varieties available at nurseries and garden centres that will thrive in various climates. It’s important to choose species that will thrive in your area so they don’t die from being planted too early or too late in the season. Many species adapt well to seasonal changes; however, some prefer warmer temperatures than others do.
Lay Garden Stonework or Mulch
Stone paths are a good idea if you’re laying garden stonework, but it’s not necessary—you can simply lay mulch over the grass if that’s more to your liking. The best type of mulch for this purpose is pine straw because it doesn’t decompose quickly and can be found at most home improvement stores. Mulch will help with erosion and water runoff, as well as keep plants cool and moist during hot weather in the summer months when the grass starts to die off due to lack of sunlight.
Lay Down Grass Seed
If you’re looking to get a lawn started quickly, the easiest and cheapest way is with grass seed. You can buy it in bulk at any hardware or big box store and spread it yourself by hand or with a spreader. Most people will tell you that you need to water your lawn regularly, but that’s not quite true—you’ll need to water it regularly when the soil is dry (so maybe once a week), but otherwise just don’t overwater your lawn.
Don’t forget about fertilizer. Grass needs nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous in order to thrive. If you want your grass to grow thickly and be healthy, fertilizing every other month during the growing season will help keep it watered properly and looking good for years on end
Create a Front Yard Garden
Creating a garden in your front yard is a great way to add curb appeal and beauty to your house. In order to create an attractive garden, you must use plants that are in harmony with each other and that will attract birds. The first thing you should do is research which types of plants work well together and what colours work best for different seasons. For example, if you have red brick on the front of your home, consider planting purple flowers or shrubs in front because they complement the brick colour well.
You also need to consider how much time and money it would cost for maintenance if you decide to install grass rather than artificial turf or gravel surfaces around your house. You may want to consider growing drought-resistant trees as well as drought-resistant groundcover plants like lavender so that they don’t require much water but still look fantastic when viewed from afar.
Create a Stone Path
If you want to create a direct visual connection between the front door and the rest of your garden, you can use a stone path. There are many different types of stone pavers or gravel that you can use for this purpose. Stepping stones will also work well if you’re looking for something more dynamic and interesting than just laying down stone pavers in a straight line.
If you live in an area where there is heavy rain during certain times of the year, consider using concrete stepping stones instead of regular ones made out of wood or metal because they won’t rot as fast if they get wet repeatedly over time (or even just once).
Install a Driveway
If you haven’t already, it’s time to decide whether or not you want a driveway. If you do, the next step is to decide what kind of driveway will work best for your home and yard. Driveways can be made from many different materials, allowing homeowners to select one that best suits their needs and tastes.
Driveways add aesthetic value to a home as well as practical value in terms of convenience. They can even increase the value of a property when it comes time for sale.
Now that you know the basics of how to choose the right landscaping for your front-of-house area, it’s time to start planning. Whether you have an idea in mind or need some inspiration, we hope these ideas have helped get your creativity flowing. Once again, remember that even if one solution doesn’t fit your needs perfectly, it could still be used as inspiration for a different design idea that does work out better for what you want.