We take pride in our home and work hard to make it as beautiful as possible. That not only means taking care of the inside of our house but also focusing on the outside of our property. If you have been following along, you most likely recall that we have been working on a section of our yard located close to the street that had been infiltrated by weeds after the grass had died. We wound up putting in a pathway made of flat rocks and planting shade-tolerant plants underneath our trees. Our goal today is to finish the project off by adding sod. We also want to share six helpful Houston landscaping tips that homeowners can use to get beautiful results with their outdoor projects.
1. Define your personal style
People should be able to get a sense of your personal style the minute they pull up to the curb outside your home. Think about the style that defines you. Do you prefer a casual look that is comfortable and inviting? Are you more drawn to formal landscapes with well-defined shapes and a lot of structure? By matching your landscaping to your personality, you can make your home a reflection of yourself.
2. Think about how easy your landscaping will be to care for
When designing your landscaping, make it as easy on yourself as possible. For instance, if you are putting in new flowerbeds, try to avoid creating sharp angles that would be difficult to mow around. Otherwise, you will need to use your trimmer every time you mow. You should also consider leaving plenty of room for your mower between various landscaping elements so that you don’t have trouble navigating your yard with the mower.
3. Reach for a pencil before you reach for your shovel
Drawing your design out on paper ahead of time can help you come up with a plan that is a perfect fit for your yard. It can also help keep you from wasting time and money on projects that aren’t a good fit for your space.
4. Think long-term
When planning your landscaping, try to look as far ahead as you can, thinking about any changes you may need to make in the future. The last thing that you want to do is invest a lot of money in a landscaping project this year only to find out that you need to make changes to it next year. Try to anticipate your needs far into the future so that you can plan a landscape that not only works well today but will also work well many years from now.
5. Create a budget
When planning your landscaping project, always add a little bit of extra money to cover unexpected costs that may come up. No matter how carefully you plan, things sometimes go wrong. Having a little bit of wiggle room in your budget can help you avoid being caught flat-footed by extra expenses that you didn’t anticipate.
6. Do things right the first time
As long as you are putting time and money into your home’s landscaping, you may as well do things right. For instance, if you are putting in new flowerbeds, make sure to address any drainage issues during the construction process so that you don’t have to go back and do it later. Likewise, if you are going to be laying new sod, be sure to treat your soil with weed killer before laying the sod to eliminate as many weeds as possible in your new lawn.
Joseph, being an advocate of mother nature, chose being a landscape artist as a profession. He loves different kinds of plants, from flowers to veggies. When he’s free for the day, he joins tree planting activities and writes on different blogs to support his advocacy.