Does your lawn feel as though it is a bit left out? Maybe you keep it neat and trim by mowing, edging and trimming but you really haven’t added any interest or personality to it. If this is the case, you are in need of some landscape and garden ideas.
Don’t be afraid of taking on too much when it comes to landscape design – it need not be complicated. It is, however important to the value of your home and the enjoyment you and your family get from being there.
If you’re a relative amateur when it comes to home and garden landscaping, it’s best to start small. For homes with a smaller lawn it’s easy because you’ll basically just choose a plan you like and implement it. However, if you have a large landscape, you have a lot of options and that can be dangerous. You’ll likely be tempted to try more ideas than you can implement initially.
Start out by making a few simple changes. Maybe you’ll add some small bushes to the front of your house. Once that phase is completed successfully you may want to add some flowers and ground cover. By making a few changes you’ll be able to monitor your progress and experience fewer issues along the way. Nothing is worse than buying several types of plants, planting them and then deciding they look terrible. Don’t let this happen to your landscape.
For the absolute novice, get the help of a professional landscaper. Many advanced firms can use computer aided design techniques to plan your landscape so that you can see it before it becomes permanent. If you have the money, it’s a safe way to ensure your yard will look the way you want it to.
If you are on a tight budget and you must do it yourself, there are many places you can find help. Often your local garden center will offer free consultations or seminars that teach basic landscaping design and skills. Of course they do this with the hope of selling their customers the garden plants needed to complete the design but typically there is no obligation. Many centers will offer guarantees for the plants you purchase.
Other ways to get ideas include searching online – but use caution because you’ll find so many ideas that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by it all. Internet shops are also a great way to buy your plants and supplies because you can browse at your own convenience and the nurseries will ship your order just in time for planting. It removes much of the guesswork.
You’ll also find some great home landscaping ideas just by driving through your own neighborhood and other areas close by. Don’t hesitate to ask others for advice and if you see a neighboring tree or shrub you like, ask its owner for the name of it – you’ll save a lot of time when you get ready to buy your plants.