When you’re looking at doing some landscaping in your yard, there are a lot of aspects to consider, from focal points (water feature? Gazebo? Fire pit?) to fences ( ornamental fences ? Picket?).
One you thing you would think isn’t too much trouble is planting flowers, but as it turns out, there is some thought that goes into that, too. The size of the planting area matters, the types of flowers matter—how do you know what to choose?
Mike at Mike’s Backyard Nursery explained some of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to do their own landscaping, and especially had a couple of tips for getting into planning:
Tip #1: Make Your Planting Bed Bigger. Mike says that homeowners constantly underestimate the amount of space they’ll need for their plants. When you plan your bed, make it bigger than what you think you need, and you will likely find that it’s the right size.
Proper spacing ensures room for your plants to grow properly without being crowded, leaving you with a clean, neat, professional appearance in your yard!
Tip #2: Think About the Future. It’s not uncommon to plant smaller plants and step back and think, “That’s not enough!” Keeping in mind that plants grow and picturing what they’ll look like when they’re fully grown will help you see how to plan your planting.
A lot of plants don’t take long at all to start filling out, so be patient. In the meantime, you’ll have a neat-looking plant bed, and in a month or two, you’ll have a full, healthy landscape!
Tip #3: Do What You Like. Your best friend said that this magazines says these are some of the most beautiful flowers, your neighbor uses a certain type of fern and he suggests you use it for consistency. This book, that guy at the store, this picture on the news all say you’re doing it wrong.
Look at your yard. Do you like how it looks? Do you like the way you believe it will look in the future? Does it feel balanced? Does it match your style? If the answer to those questions is yes, then you’re doing it right!
Time to start planning those projects you have been dreaming of all winter long. Whether it is a new fence to add to your backyard living area or some maintenance on your existing fence. Now is the perfect time to start that project. In designing your fence there are several different options to choose from -- Aluminum and Custom Wood are two of the most popular fence types. However, plenty homeowners are perfectly satisfied with galvanized or the vinyl coated chain-link. The vinyl privacy is also a great option.
For those of you that have a wooden fence now is the perfect time to protect your investment by staining and sealing. This ensures that your investment will be well protected as well as adding a beautiful color to the fence.