First-time homebuyers often face new challenges in the forms of bidding wars, tough housing markets, selecting a home insurance policy, and renovation projects, to name a few. However, one hurdle that often gets overlooked is landscaping.
Everyone wants a home that is the crown jewel of the neighborhood, and a nice yard often has a hand in solidifying the title. Just like any new experience, there’s a fair amount of trial and error that comes into play.
Follow these landscaping tips and you’ll have fewer trials and maybe no errors:
Start with the soil
For a home to last well into the future, it needs a solid foundation. Landscapes are the same way. To allow plants, trees, and bushes to grow to their full potential, they need to have nourishing soil to accommodate their roots.
If you’ve purchased a home that was just finished, this tip is especially important. Buy enough topsoil to give your plants’ roots more than a couple of inches to dig in. Without enough soil, your plants won’t survive, which makes this tip the crux of all the others.
Roam nurseries and garden departments
Just taking a stroll through a nursery or garden department is valuable because it helps you get a sense of the different varieties of plants, their sizes, and the range of prices. Consider just driving around town and observing landscapes that you think look good. Doing these things will help you make a plan for your yard.
Don’t be shy about asking a landscaping veteran for help. Whether you consult workers at a nursery or close friends, you can learn valuable information about plants that work well together and how to space things out. Make sure that your planning includes measuring your yard so you can be certain of the amount of space you’re working to fill. Experts can also give you tips for maintaining your new plants such as being sure to not over water them.
One of the most important parts of landscaping is being aware of how big your plants, trees, and bushes will grow. You should have a vision of what the mature versions will be look like to make sure you’re affording them enough space.
If you plant a tree too close to your house, you could run the risk of branches noisily scratching or protruding into your windows. One strong windstorm and those branches could break windows or cause other damage to your home. Or if you plant bushes or other plants too close together, they could grow improperly or get tangled, which would not be aesthetically pleasing.
Keep this in mind that when developing your landscape: You’re not just working for the now; you’re planting for a couple of years from now. Your plants might not all bloom in the beginning, so make sure to be patient.
Don’t buy everything at once
Landscaping – especially if you’re starting from scratch – can get pretty pricey. To avoid the potential financial burden, spread out your purchases. This is another reason why you should create a plan that incorporates short- and long-term goals.
Have fun with it
Yes, it requires some work, but designing your landscape and implementing that design can – and should – be fun. You can use landscaping to hide any eyesores in your yard or to play up your favorite assets. You can plant bushes to cover your home’s foundation or use vines to distract the eyes from unsightly brick, or you can draw attention to a sitting area in the yard by planting pretty ensembles nearby.
And even if you don’t get a trophy, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits – and flowers – of all your work.