If you’ve just moved into a new house and are just starting to visualize your plans for the front yard, there are a lot of things that you’re going to want to take into consideration. Your front yard, in addition to the front of your house, will get more visibility than any other part of your home. So you want everything to be as perfect as possible. Before you get started, you may want to read these five tips on how to plan your front-yard landscape design.
- Create a blueprint – ideally, you want to start with a bird’s eye view and then work from there. You can create a blueprint by roughly sketching the dimensions of your yard. Use graph paper and be sure that you have everything down to scale. You can use each little square to represent a square foot to keep things both consist and easy on yourself.
- Start thinking about where you want plants, where you want grass and where you may want a paved patio area – this will give you the opportunity to start organizing your outdoor space according to function. You want to think a lot about keeping balance and flow in mind. If you want to put a bench somewhere, be sure it’s a place that gets plenty of shade. If your house doesn’t provide much shade in your yard, then you may want to think about planting a tall tree next to your bench.
- Line things up – you want to start plugging lines in the ground so that you know where all your sections will be. You can usually use pegs and then some kind of twine to separate the quadrants of the space. If you have a smaller backyard, you may only have two or three sections, but if you have a very big back yard, you may want to have ten to fifteen quadrants. If this is the case, it will help if you use different colored twine to mark out each of the different areas.
- Start choosing plants – you can usually visit a nursery like Mid South Irrigation and Landscape to pick out plants. If you don’t know what type of plants to choose, you may want to ask for advice. In most cases, you want to go with native plants because they are easier to take care of. Be sure to go with plants that come in a range of heights so that you can create some depth and dimension to your landscaping.
- Begin planting – once you have everything laid out and once you have all your plants and seeds, it is time to start digging and planting. Ideally, you want to start by cleaning up your backyard space. Once it is clean and ready to go, you can really get to work. Be sure you know exactly how deep each type of plant should ideally be planted, and be very careful as you are pulling each one out of its pot. The roots can be very sensitive, and you don’t want to kill a plant before it even goes in the ground.