Landscaping Secrets from the Pros

Jun 06, 2022


Very few things add more curb appeal to your house than well-planned and vibrant landscaping; however, making a big impression doesn’t have to break the bank. There are simple and cost-effective ways to add color, texture, functionality, and points of interest to your lawn, and all it takes is a little time and planning.
 
Evaluate your lawn’s current layout against the five suggestions provided below to determine in which areas your landscaping can be improved.
 
Curve your walkway
Curved walkways soften lines and create interest in your outdoor space. Although it may be too late to change the flow of your sidewalk, consider laying stepping stones in a curved path leading up to your garden or around the side of your house.
 
Line your walkways
            Great edges define and accentuate. Use brick pavers to create a crisp, bold path, or allow your plants to overflow across the edges for a softer look. Monkey grass, Hosta, hydrangeas, or privet hedges are excellent edging plants.
 
Repeat plants
            Repeating plants throughout your landscaping will create balance and cohesiveness. Consider filling your space with five to 10 species of perennials, three to five types of shrubs, and one to two types of trees.
 
Consider size and shape
A common mistake made by beginner landscapers is to plan a garden that is too small. Planting beds should be a minimum of 10 to 12 feet long but should preferably span at least half the width of the house to give the illusion of your garden wrapping around the entire perimeter of the home. Most landscapers advise that oval or kidney-shaped beds have the best aesthetic appeal.
 
Fill empty spaces
            Are some areas of your yard rather lackluster? Fill in any empty spaces with vibrant plants and shrubs. Consider planting flowers around your mailbox and mulching around trees, and don’t be scared to incorporate yard ornaments such as old wagon wheels, vintage bicycles, galvanized metal tubs, and planters to add character to your landscaping.  
 
            Landscaping can a fun and rewarding way to express your creativity. Get localized tips for success by speaking to the knowledgeable gardeners and agronomists at your local Co-op.
 
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