How Do You Landscape the Front of a House?

A simple landscaping design can add up to 5-11% to the real estate value of your property. When people visit your property, your landscaping design has the greatest impact on their impression of your home. The first thing they notice is your home, and that’s because landscaping is an outward expression of your interior design. Your front yard landscaping will help create the first impressions that visitors have of your home, and it’s an easy way to improve your curb appeal. By adding plants, flowers, trees, and other greenery to your yard, you are sprucing up the exterior of your home in a variety of ways.

One way to improve the look of your landscape design is to plant shade-loving plants. This means you will want to plant plants that prefer full shade rather than shaded areas. However, keep in mind that certain plants are better in some situations than in others, so do some research and find out what plants will thrive in your area. By planting shade loving plants in your landscape, you will be able to reduce the amount of sun your outdoor landscaping receives, which will save you money on the electricity bill.

Landscaping shrubs and trees are another option for improving the look of your landscape. Shrubs are very versatile when it comes to landscaping, and you can easily create a beautiful lawn or vegetable garden using them. In fact, many homeowners plant annuals and perennials such as ryegrass, blue woodruff, and chickweed as the main source of shade in their yards. These shrubs and trees are easy to maintain, which makes them perfect for those who don’t have the time to garden. Some landscaping shrubs and trees even feature fruit and berries, which will also help to enhance your landscape.

Speaking of plants, another great idea is to plant plants that will help to accentuate the corners of your yard. These plants include shrubs, cacti, and flowering groundcovers. Corner plantings are usually used to define a space between two pieces of landscape architecture, such as a walkway or porch. You should aim to place plants that are in season during each season. For example, by planting trees in your yard during the spring, you will be able to fill that space with beautiful flowers. However, you shouldn’t plant everything in your yard at the same time.

Public area refers to any area that a homeowner wishes to leave open to the public. This can include a front porch, patio, or garden. When you landscape the front of a house in this area, you’ll want to plant plants that will frame the path of people walking towards your home. Popular plants for this type of landscaping include shrubs, cacti, and flowering ground cover.

The next step to take when you landscape your house is to create a detailed site analysis. Site analysis is the process of researching your location, determining the best plants to use, analyzing what traffic will likely be, and then creating a landscape design that addresses those concerns. This step should include drawing plans of your yard and patio, examining the utilities and water lines running into your site, estimating the amount of light needed in your area, determining the best materials for your landscape, determining where parking is located, and more. The plan you create should be written primarily in a pencil, but I encourage you to use graph paper for extra accuracy.

One last step before you begin your project is to choose the right plants for your landscape design. Your choice of plants depends upon the size of your yard and the needs of the plants for sunlight, shade, soil structure, and soil moisture. I recommend only choosing plants that are suited to the climate and location you live in.

The final step is to prepare your soil by removing any topsoil, using a soil tester, and planting seeds. Most gardeners know how to plant hardy plants, but there are some plants which are not as easy to grow. For example, I planted red roses in a northern area with a cold frost. They worked great, but they were under-planted, taking over the whole garden. Use your own judgement when deciding what plants and landscape ideas to use to landscape your home.