Common Questions About Front Yard Landscaping Plans

Common Questions About Front Yard Landscaping PlansHow do front yard landscaping plans differ from backyard ideas?

The main thing to keep in mind is that the design should have curb appeal.  When dealing with the front yard, one also needs to consider that there may be local ordinances that dictate the installation of various plants and trees.

A homeowner can make a significant impact in the front of the house with an impressive tree, sculpture or water feature. When these visually attractive pieces are in the back yard, they won’t get the attention they deserve.

What are some important concepts to keep in mind when putting together front yard landscaping plans?

A homeowner needs to get a feel for the yards area, taking note of its dimensions, grading and any unusual quirks before planting begins. Perhaps there is a hole in the ground left behind by some burrowing animal. Maybe there’s a spot that ducks or other birds like to nest. If a homeowner doesn’t want to disturb desirable wildlife, like birds, planting will need to be done with this in mind.

The area’s grading and shape is a critical part of the puzzle, because this will direct how water flows through the space. Where the sun will rest during the day and how wind blows around the home will dictate the use of plants and their planting.  It may seem like there’s a perfect spot for a bench, but if it receives a lot of sun, it may not be a comfortable place for much of the day.

Why should a homeowner get professional assistance when developing front yard landscaping plans?

Experienced professionals have an intuitive sense of what plants will look attractive in different areas. Professionals are better at identifying problems with the home's grading and knowing where utility lines are underground. Without this insight, an irrigation system may flood the area or not deliver water correctly. Hitting a utility line during planting can be a nightmare as well, cutting off power to the house or delivering a dangerous shock.

Professionals can also help a homeowner develop a concept for their space that takes into account the homeowners needs and visual preferences and get the exact plants you want.

What compliments trees or plants to further a look?

Trees, flowers, vines and shrubs can go a long way to visually developing a space, but arboreal and verdant paradises require a little contrast. Sculptures, sitting areas, paths, art installations and water features, like ponds or fountains, can all add something more. These can turn a simple planting area into an enchanting garden.

This article was published on Friday 07 November, 2014.

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