Landscaping is something that everyone likes to do to improve the look of the outside of their homes. It is a great idea to landscape during the warmer months of the year because your front yard is the first impression people will get of you. In order to make your gardening a success there are a few steps you should take.
First, always make sure that your gardens are weed free. To do this you can purchase special weed blocker sheets that are put under the soil. This blocker prevents weeds from getting long and poking up to the surface of your garden. If you find that you have weeds you will want to remove them, and spray special weed killer to ensure that the weeds do not come back again.
Next, you should always plant annual flowers because they come back every year. This is a great way to save money because you can plant them once, and not have to worry about digging up bulbs and replanting next year. Go with bright colored flowers such as orange and yellow because they make the curb appeal of your home higher. It is also a great idea to plant a few bushes because they look great all year round. When you plant the bushes, you will want to ensure that you plant them at least six inches apart. This will give the bushes room to grow and cover a bigger space in your garden. You never want to plant your plants to close together. All of your plants should be evenly spaced and it is a good idea to map out your flowers before you plant.
When it comes to landscaping everyone likes to do it different. The number one design you should incorporate into your landscape is a walkway from your driveway to the front door. This is a great idea because your guests will not have to worry about getting their shoes muddy or their pants grass stained. There are hundreds of options when it comes to patters for the walkway, and you can make it unique and one of a kind. One great idea is to make your own concrete stones by purchasing a mold and concrete from your local home improvement store. You can add hand prints, foot prints, shells, beads, and just about anything else to make these unique to your home. You will want to make sure the ground is level for your walkway so make sure to dig down in the dirt until it is level.
The next essential thing you need for any landscape is a place to hang out and have fun. The back yard is a place where memories are made and parties are had. This is why having a deck or patio is a great idea. The deck that you have should be big enough to fit a table and chairs, a grill, and have a seating area for your guests. You will want to make sure that you dig down at least a foot when you are putting the posts in the ground. You also want to make sure that you pour the concrete in the ground and let it sit overnight before you continue building the deck. Once you finish the deck you will want to stain it and then seal it to ensure that the weather will not tarnish your new deck.
If you are building a patio in your back yard you need to make sure the ground is level; just like if you were building a walkway. Sand is a great tool to use when you are placing your cement slabs or stones down. The sand will help to keep these objects in place and it will squish down so that you have a level space. Once you have all of the pieces level you will want to pour grout between the cracks. this will help keep the pieces together and they will not move much. You will want to get an awning for the space so that during the summer you do not have to worry about heat. You will also be able to sit outside on your deck or patio furniture when it is raining.
The last step to making a perfectly landscaped yard is to add your own touch to it. You could add a fire pit, grill, bar, and even a pool to complete the look of your back yard. Have fun and remember that you are designing this space for you and no one else.