Do You Want Your Front Yard to Look Like Your Coveted Neighbhor’s? How to Nail Your Landscape Design Like the Pros


Landscaping is a lot tougher than it looks in magazines. If you’ve ever had your yard re-landscaped, you know what we’re talking about. Designing the yard itself takes quite a bit of time. Landscaping is one of the most detailed home projects you can do. Even just choosing flowers and plants. It depends on so many things, almost none of which have to do with what kind of flowers you like. Every flower and plant species thrives successfully or unsuccessfully depending on the climate. How often do you want the flowers to bloom? What size do you want them? Landscaping is a very particular business. As such, making decisions can be very difficult. Here are some great ways to help beginnings to choose their brand new landscape design.

First, make a very detailed list of what you want versus what you need. Do you have children? Do you have a large dog breed that needs room to run and exercise? Perhaps you have no children, and no dbackyard-patio-fire-pit-fire-pit-kit-the-site-group-inc_6442og, and an entertaining area in the backyard isn’t something you really need or want. Whatever the case may be, be sure that you have a very specific list of your wants and needs.

Probably the larges mistake that homeowners make when designing their landscape by themselves is not thinking about the direction that the sun and wind run depending on the weather, and time of day. Surprisingly, professional landscapers even sometimes forget this step, or miscalculate the weather and sun direction. If you want to have dinner parties on the patio during hot summer days, for example, you’re going to certainly want some shade. You’re also going to want to factor in the direction of the wind.

Start tiny. Designing a landscape takes time. Unlike decorating the interior of a house, plants need time to grow. Some species might not fully develop for years. So, don’t fret if your design doesn’t look like you wanted immediately. You can’t expect it to. Many plants and flowers you can buy full-grown, but others you have to buy as either seeds, or babies. Landscaping is not an overnight process like HGTV makes it seem. They show really should show what happens during the commercial space…but then, people might never do DIY projects, because they’d really know!

Part of the fun in designing a landscape is the process. It should be fun. If you have children, have them help you plant seeds. It will be a fantastic bonding experience, and will increase their self-esteem as they watch what they planted grow.

Possibly the hardest part of landscaping is getting the scale and pacing right. It can be very difficult, and unfortunately, it is what will either make the project look incredible, or like you missed the mark. A perfect landscape design should look intentional. There should also be a total variation of colors, elements, shapes, and plants. On the other hand, you don’t want it to be either too colorful, or two bland. What you really want, is to try to find a nice balance. Now, go put on your gardening gloves!

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2 thoughts on “Do You Want Your Front Yard to Look Like Your Coveted Neighbhor’s? How to Nail Your Landscape Design Like the Pros

  • January 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    My yard definitely needs some work..what is the typical percentage of a home’s value should be put into landscaping? thanks!

  • January 5, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Real estate studies suggest that you can increase the value of your home 5-15 percent by upgrading your landscape from poor to good. What constitutes a “good” landscape is somewhat arbitrary, and how much of a boost in value you’ll get in a particular instance is impossible to predict, so 5-15 percent is only a rough guideline based on averages. Generally, more expensive homes have greater potential to increase in value from a well-designed and well-installed landscape.

    Strictly going by these numbers, you might figure on spending 5-10 percent or so of the value of your home on a landscape upgrade and expect to get most of it back right away. That would buy a substantial landscape upgrade for most homes. For a $200,000 home, that would mean a $10,000 to $20,000 upgrade; for a $500,000 home, it would be $25,000 to $50,000. Consider, too, that most trees and shrubs will increase in value over time.


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