There is no doubt that when landscaping
one wants to save money, as well as have an attractive property. Not only can landscaping help you beautify your
home, but it can also provide a source of satisfying exercise in the fresh air. When you take care of your yard
on your own, it is possible to save money and to improve your physical conditioning. But if the landscape turns
out to look bad, then that is so much time and money wasted. However, it is possible to ensure a better-looking
landscape by following a few tips that can help you take better care of your yard.
Know your soil type. Some plants thrive
in soil with more acidity, and others prefer a little more alkali. Additionally, sandy soil and clay soil, as
well as the presence of a loamy soil, can make a difference in what types of plants will thrive in a landscape.
You should have your soil evaluated in order to determine what types of vegetation should be planted on your
property. When you purchase plants that will succeed in the soil conditions present in your yard, then you make
a wiser money decision, and you end up with a more attractive landscape. If there are plants that you would like
to use in your soil, but the soil is not quite ideal, it is possible to improve the soil to proper conditions.
You need only add mulch or peat, or to add crushed limestone or clamshells, depending upon what you hope to
accomplish. As long as there is not a great difference in what you have and what you hope to achieve, it is
possible to make soil adjustments to be more accommodating.
Understand how much space each of the
plants need. There are some plants that require more room for their root systems than others. If you choose one
plant that tends to grow everywhere, and you do not have adequate space, you will find that your other plants
may be crowded out or that they may choke and die. Also, make sure you understand the spacing requirements for
between plants. Many shrubs and small trees need to be planted at least three to four feet apart to have enough
room to grow.
Use native plants in your landscape
design. One of the most effective things you can do to ensure a good-looking yard is to make use of native
plants. Find out what plants grow best in your area, and what plants are indigenous to the region. This way you
will already be ahead, in that you know that the plants you choose are adapted to the climate. You will not have
to struggle against natural inclinations to keep your landscape looking beautiful. If you due use non-native
plants, assure yourself that they come from a place that shares a climate similar to the one in which you
Plan your landscape around different
blooming times. Different plants bloom at various times throughout the year. If all of the plants in your
landscape are at their most attractive all at the same time, then your yard will look beautiful for a few weeks
each year, but quite possible ugly the rest of the year. One way to help avoid this is to choose attractive
bushes and shrubs that look good green, but also have some sort flower. However, it is a good idea to stagger
plants among each other. Plant tulips and crocus among later-blooming plants so that in early spring the bulbs
bloom, and then when those flowers’ time is up, the next plants will be in bloom. In this way the cycle of your
landscape is in keeping with the seasons, and looks attractive all year round.
Use wood chips around shrubs, bushes
and trees. Wood chips can help the ground around shrubs, bushes, and trees look more attractive. Not only do the
chips cover the ground (often looking better than dirt), but they also help keep in moisture, repel weeds, and
provide natural food as they break down. Likewise, attractive groundcover like chicks and hens placed around
trees and shrubs can make the area more interesting and pleasing to the eye.