Preparing Your Outdoors For Landscaping

While you may not have been able to keep your love fern alive for more than a few days, exquisite landscaping can be accomplished by just about everyone these days. However, just as everyone’s taste in shrubs, plants, bushes and trees is different, so is each yard. What works for your neighbors might not work for you and the unique attributes of your soil, size, and elevation should be taken into serious consideration before purchasing or planting a single palmetto.

Size of Your Yard
While those 15-foot palm trees look absolutely fabulous in your neighbors yard, and those 10-foot hedges that reach over your other neighbor’s fences are classy and beautiful, it might not be the right look for your yard. Since every yard is unique, you can make your own statement through your choice of landscaping. If your neighborhood or local Home Owners Association doesn’t have any restrictions on plants, flowers or trees, you can make your dream yard or garden. The key is to map out a plan and design for your yard and decide what would suit your property.

Something to keep in mind is that by investing in smaller plants that you can nourish to maturity, you can save substantial amount of money and put that to good use later on while you’re helping it grow. However, remember that what looks good as a small plant, or what fits perfectly into that little corner of your yard will certainly grow to full capacity with the help of your fertilization and care. Be sure to do your research and understand how the plant will grow, spread, and fan out over the next several years. This research will ensure that you provide it ample space and a proper environment to receive sunlight during the day, and protection at night from harsh winds and cold weather.

Current Pest Issues
Another important consideration to your landscaping endeavors is the current condition of your yard in terms of unwanted pests, insects, and rodents. Worms and insects can eat away at the leaves and fans of your trees and plants and stunt their maturity in the seasons where they would normally experience exponential growth and development. Rodents are another concern as they sometimes make their nests around the roots of trees and bushes, weakening and sometimes tearing the vital roots. Before investing in landscaping, plan to have your property inspected by a local pest control service. Many pest control companies offer free inspections that will give you an idea of your current situation and your options for keeping your property clear and free of unwanted guests.

Soil Quality
The soil quality is probably what you personally have most control over as something like plant nutrition and fertilization can be worked into the ground without the help of a professional. A simple trip to the local gardening or home improvement store can provide you with someone to educate you on how to property treat your soil and prepare for the landscaping. Instead of using hard chemicals and store bough fertilizers, you could even opt for organic options such as eggshells and other waste products to keep your garden green!

Remember these tips when starting your landscaping projects and enjoy a fertile, pest free, and impeccably designed garden and yard for years to come. You don’t need a degree in landscape design or architecture to create a Garden of Eden around your home, and these plans and preparations will make all the difference for you.

Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and as a recent homeowner is obsessed with all things associated with improving her home and garden.