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5 Helpful Landscaping Tips

My own yard could use some major landscaping improvements. I decided to do a little research into a different kind of architecture, landscape architecture. I am writing to share with you the useful ideas I found in my research.


1.) Lighting is Important

Lighting can transform the look of your home at night. There are multiple types of light fixtures to use outdoors. Consider these when adding light to your landscape:


Spotlights

Flood Lights

Stair Lighting

Up/Down Lights

Garden Lights

Bollard Lights

String Lights

Ground Well Lights


2. Consider the Conditions of Each Yard Section

Think about the sun at different times of the day or if certain spots are windier than others. One part of the yard may work better for plants that need full sunlight and others may be best for a shaded seating area. The separation of sections by boundaries can also help your yard feel more organized. You can have a designated place for the kids to play, a place to relax, a place to have a fire pit, or maybe a place for a pond or vegetable garden.


3. Bring the Interior Outside

Add some interior elements outside. You can add cushions and pillows to furnishings or a TV screen for outdoor movies or sports events.


4. Research Before Buying Your Plants

Be careful that you choose plants that will thrive in your environment. Take a look at the list from bobvila.com before buying plants: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/8-things-to-know-before-you-set-foot-in-a-plant-store-51172

You will need to think about things like soil type, weather in your area, how much time do you have to maintain your landscape, and the size of your yard.


5. Work Smarter, Not Harder

If you do things the correct way first you won't have to redo them later. One example I found of this comes from the Better Homes and Gardens website. Better They advised, "Whether you seed or sod, make sure to do so at the best times of year for your region and grass type or you may end up having to spend more money to redo the project."


Sources:

https://www.gardenista.com/posts/10-landscape-rules-know-design-garden/

https://www.gardendesign.com/landscape-design/rules.html

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/landscape-design-for-beginners/

https://www.metrogreenscape.com/beginners-guide-to-landscape-lighting/

https://www.kichler.com/tips-guides/landscape-lighting-guide/

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/stretch-your-landscape-dollar/





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