No matter if it’s your first house, or you’ve been in your home for years, there’s always an opportunity to turn your yard into a perfectly landscaped blissful retreat. We’ll go through a few basic tips to get you on your way to enjoying your yard quickly and easily.
Work with a landscaper
The easiest way to get exactly what you want in the quickest amount of time is to hire a landscaper to do all the work! Not only will they complete all the manual labour that can be so exhausting with landscaping your yard, but they will do it in a much faster fashion than you could do on your own. Their expertise will also be incredibly helpful in surveying your space, and understanding exactly what plants will work best and thrive under the conditions of your yard’s environment. Landscapers can work exactly within your budget, which can be quite difficult to do on your own, and get the best quality for your money. For help choosing a landscaper, try this checklist to get you started.
When you look out at your yard, you should be able to picture what you want out of it. Start envisioning the colour scheme of your yard, as well as the shape, textures, and styles that you’re looking for. Do you want a primarily green yard with lots heavily wooded areas? Are flowers your favourite, and large pops of colour are important to you? Maybe you want a proper garden with trimmed hedges, or an overgrowth of shrubbery and vines that turn your yard into a jungle. Whatever your vision is, start researching different styles of landscaping to find inspiration for your own space.
This one is key when planning out your landscaping, and can undermine all of your hard work if you don’t do your research first and plan accordingly. The sun, wind, and rain can all completely destroy your landscaping if you choose the wrong plants or locations for them.
Your first step to avoid this is to make careful observations of your yard. When and where does the sun hit each part of your yard, if it does at all? When it rains, where does the rain typically hit the hardest, and does it pool anywhere in the yard? Is your lawn sloped at all, and is it towards or away from your house? On windy days, step out into your yard and see if any areas are more sheltered than others.
Obviously the plants you decide to go with will be heavily affected by the elements, so these kinds of observations are vital to decide which plants go where. There are plants and shrubs that have strong, wind resistant roots which can help shelter the rest of your yard. Some plants prefer excessive rain or sun, and others need shady areas to thrive. The more you know about your yard, the more successful landscaping you’ll have.
If you live in a particularly rainy climate, or if your yard tends to trap rain easily, one great idea to combat this is to create a rain garden. Find the area of your yard that traps water the most to determine the best location. Plant things that thrive in standing water in the middle or the lowest point of the rain garden, and then other plants that do well in water around the outside.
If you’re doing all the landscaping yourself, on a budget, and/or plan on taking your time with the project, it’s a good idea start small. Start with one project at a time to keep from being overwhelmed or being inundated with too much at one time.
What are you using it for
Think about what your goal is for using the space in your yard. Are you a young couple hoping to have children in the future? If so, consider the foot traffic from children and the possibility of wanting to install a playground or play area. Do you want to have a large patio area with a BBQ and space for entertaining? If so, you can probably leave the landscaping close to your house as is until you’re ready to install the patio.
All plants have natural seasons and blooming times, so make sure you take this into account when planting. Although it might be fun to have your entire yard blooming all at the same time, this means that once the flowers have fallen, you’ll have nothing blooming in your yard for the rest of the season. If you plan ahead and plant seasonally, you’ll be able to enjoy blooms throughout the entire year.
Think long term
The hope for a well landscaped yard is that it will last for a long time, bringing joy for years to come. Unfortunately, yards are not a one and done project. You’ll need to maintain your landscaping each year to keep it looking its best. Therefore, when you’re thinking about what kind of plants you want, research what they’ll look like long term. Some shrubs and bushes can grow quite large, and require pruning back each year. Others may require extensive attention, such as deadheading, to keep alive and well.
You may also need to replace or maintain any mulch that you use in your garden. When you’re choosing your landscaping supplies, make sure you get high quality garden mulch that will work with you in helping to prevent weeds and help your plants grow healthy and strong. Poor quality mulch will require a lot more work, including possibly having to buy and replace it each year, so it’s important to invest in decent products.
Your perfectly landscaped yard and garden shouldn’t be restricted to just the day time. You’ve put the work in, so you might want to think about installing solar powered lights to light up your space at night when enjoying a glass of wine on your patio!
And with that, you’ve got an excellent start on making your landscaping dreams come true. Your yard is a place that can be an enchanting and lovely place to hang out and relax, so by taking the time to properly landscape it, you’ll enjoy your yard to its fullest!