Landscaping Made Easy

Landscaping a Home

One of the best ways to turn a house into a home is by adding landscaping around the property. Often times home owners over look how simple it can be to transform a plain yard into a feature of the house that will have the neighbors talking. Every homeowner can add beautiful landscaping to their property by following a few simple steps.

Planning

Landscape architects are a great resource and can be used by anyone to get a professional landscape plan for a property. However, most home owners don’t have the budget or need to hire a professional for their yard.

To get started, most people will try to duplicate some landscaping around their city that appeals to them. Some basics that should be followed are:

1. Don’t be afraid to move plants away from the foundation. A landscape can take on an unappealing two-dimensional look if the plants are just lined up along the wall of a house.

2. Create focal areas around the yard. A large tree, a drop-off, or a patio create great spots for landscapers to focus on. Begin by identifying what part of the space should be highlighted and then select a plan that will draw the eye to that spot.

Picking Plants

The best landscape can quickly become an eyesore if the correct plants aren’t selected. Like the United States, it is divided into different climate zones based on average temperatures. When picking plants it is vital to choose plants that are appropriate for the climate they will be placed in. Additionally, certain plants love shade while others will die if they don’t receive enough sunlight every day. Be sure to read the labels closely and ensure the plants that are selected are ideal for the location they will reside.

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Planting

Once the plan has been drawn and the plants selected, extra care should be taken to ensure the investment will thrive for years to come by planting them the correct way.

1. Dig a hole that is the same depth as the pot the plant came in, but twice as wide. This will give the roots enough room to grow out without having to break through the existing soil until the plant is strong enough.

2. Backfill the hole with a mix of compost and the existing soil. It is important to mix enough of the existing soil into the hole so the plant will get used to the conditions it will live in. The compost will help the roots get a good start by providing adequate air and nutrients for the growing plant.

3. Cover the plant with two inches of mulch. This will help keep weeds down and retain water.

Maintenance

After the hard work of planning the landscape and planting the plants, maintenance is the easy part. Homeowners should do some research about the type of plants they purchased and ensure the correct fertilizers and pruning techniques are used for each one. A few hours of maintenance each year can help ensure a long-lived, beautiful landscape.

Landscaping is a step in home ownership that will help transform the structure into a warm, inviting environment.

This article was provided on behalf of Hogan Landscaping, offering custom landscape design and pool landscaping services in the Greater Toronto Area.  For more information about their work, visit http://www.hoganlandscaping.com

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