Spring comes with it sunshine in abundance, making it the perfect time for landscaping, gardening and enhancing the home’s general curb appeal. The action taken by homeowners to landscape their properties in preparation for Spring depends on the type of soil in the area, geographical location and the kind of plants that grow in the specific soil type native to the area. In order to properly landscape your home in preparation for the dawn of Spring, consider these 10 great and helpful tips.
Determine the Type of Climate
When preparing to usher in Spring, it is important to determine and know the prevailing climate in the specific area of residence. The climatic conditions of the yard or area at large and location on the globe should be determined and known. Depending on the specific plant to be planted, it should go well with the available sunshine and shades within the home’s yard.
Research, Research and Research
Landscaping strategies should be planned in advance, just like any other DIY project. Determine whether a professional will be hired for the job or DIY will do. By conducting a research, homeowners will be able to get the information they need in order to landscape properly. Check out the The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a whole bunch of free garden plans and growing guides.
Learn About Local Pests
Pests like insects, wild animals or even stray ones can render landscaping a nightmare. With the knowledge about local pests, homeowners can put in place measures to prevent them from wreaking havoc on the well landscaped gardens, lawns or yards. Certain plants and wire mesh or fence installations can easily keep local pests at bay and thus providing protection for the property.
Every plant has a time when gardeners and horticulturists recommend they should be planted; this ensures they thrive for many years to come. Whether the plants in question to be planted are flowering shrubs or fruit trees, determining the right timing is very important. The internet is also a perfect resource for finding out the right timing for the plants being considered the landscape.
Different plants have different requirements for growth depending on their size and height when fully grown. This ensures that the specific location where they are planted will accommodate them once grown. Therefore, it is important to plan for growth and find out the size of the plants to be planted after specific time periods, such as 4 weeks, 4 months and even within a year.
Homeowners can seek inspiration and ideas of how they want their landscape to appear once completed. Publications or magazines for home and garden, landscaped yards owned by neighbors and DIY satellite TV programs are good sources of inspiration. Visit your local garden center or even dive into the rabbit hole world of Pinterest landscaping ideas.
Demarcation of the Area to be Landscaped
Stake out the available space to determine where driveways, pathways or even walkways will be located. This ensures that the plants to be planted will not obstruct the ways and paths in the future once they are all grown.
Landscapes need care and maintenance in order to maintain their beautiful looks and functionality. Maintenance services include watering, weeding, pruning as well as thinning and replanting of dead plants. The planned maintenance should suit the needs of the plants to be planted. If necessary, a lawn service or professional gardener can be hired to care for the plants.
Select Plants that Complement the Design of the Home
There are various plants out there that go with almost any kind of design style in existence. Homeowners should choose the plants that would match or complements their home’s design style for a beautiful appearance. For instance, ornamental grass goes well with rustic homes.
Exterior spaces of homes should complement, match or contrast the landscape for a welcoming and aesthetic touch that reflects the personality of the homeowner.