The front yard of your home can really benefit a lot from a landscaping makeover. Landscaping is not just reserved to the backyard alone. In fact the front yard is your home’s first chance to make visitors feel welcome and convey your personality. If you are unsure whether the front of your home is as inviting as you’d like it to be, then you should certainly consider how you can enhance its appearance.
I make my living developing layouts for other people’s yards and making them a reality, I am a landscaper. Now keep this a secret just between you and I, but my opinion on landscaping is that no one really needs to hire a landscaper if they could do the work themselves. The exception to this rule is of course large or multiple jobs. Of course I don’t share this secret with my clients, I need to earn a living somehow but if you have good landscaping ideas, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor that much more if you do it yourself. You’ll have a sense of pride that you’ve done the design and work yourself, and exactly to the design you wanted.
You can start by giving your home a more welcoming look by adding flowers to a front-yard garden. You can use a variety of flowerbeds or add elegance by lining the walkway to your home. Vibrant colorful flowers nestled in natural pine mulch are eye-candy for you and your visitors. They will almost certainly enhance your visitor’s first impression of you, and your home.
Personally I believe there are four main reasons why people don’t do their own landscaping work. It’s either a lack of interest, lack of know-how, lack of time, or no landscaping ideas. Now if you don’t have the time to do the work there isn’t much you can do about that, but you can learn how to do the landscaping tasks, and there are great landscaping ideas everywhere.
Ideas and designs can come in an array of places. Magazines offer a lot of interesting techniques for landscaping and gardening on all types of budgets. Look at gardening, home improvement or architectural magazines; they are great for showing vibrant pictures with landscaping ideas in them. Also do not be afraid to search websites for landscape and gardening ideas. I believe the very best place to look for an idea is right in your own community. What are other people doing around you with their yards?
You can use trees and bushes to line your home’s porch or front garden for a great architectural effect. You should always maintain them properly to keep them neat. Consider using fruit trees and dogwoods for their beauty and relaxing fragrances. Ornamental trees like live oaks also offer elegance and a sense of arrival to guests of your home.
Depending on the size of your porch you can add various pieces of furniture such as benches and rockers to enhance the feel of warmth and comfort. You can also increase its appeal with plants of various colors and sizes, and even train decorative climbers to accentuate railings and arches. Don’t forget to pay attention to your pathways, and ensure they are in good state of repair and always clean. This will make your sidewalk more appealing and safer too. Be creative with materials you could use, such as ornamental boulders or colored concrete as a main feature.
Adding a pond or small fountain to your front yard can enhance the sense of beauty, calmness, and serenity. Just make certain your plans are not overly ambitious if you do this yourself as the result could be frustrating. You can also brick or stones to add even more interest to the water feature. Surround your water feature with boulders and/or plants to enhance it even more.
Keep it simple, this is probably the best piece of advice to follow when it comes to landscaping your front yard. Avoid messy and over-complicated settings: if you keep it neat and trim you will enjoy walking up to your front door, regardless of your chosen decorative scheme. To tell you the truth, this is where I get a lot of my landscaping ideas. When I drive by a yard I think looks wonderful I take a moment to stop and think, what is it about that garden or patio that makes it stand out. How could I integrate the greatness of that design into my work?
Now, I am not suggesting you copy your neighbor’s yard, but you could take ideas from everywhere. You can also get great ideas from museums, public gardens, or people down the street, and once you borrow those ideas, make them your own! You will find yourself with a beautiful design and layout after some inspiration. Enjoy the process of developing a wonderful unique layout, and take the time to make it look beautiful.