Landscaping transforms your yard into something attractive and useful and adds value to your home. Homeowners have many options when it comes to the types of projects from which to choose. Start small and work your way toward larger projects. Know what's available in construction materials, plants and décor before breaking ground.
Make your landscape project about you and your family. Use your yard to enhance hobbies and interests. Cultivate a small rose garden if those are your favorite flowers. Includr plenty of open yard space for recreation such as horseshoes or croquet. Create a small nook for reading and relaxing.
Welcome wildlife to your landscape. Draw animals to your yard by cultivating gardens with plants that they rely on for food and shelter. Grow native plants that offer nectar and protection for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Include shrubs and trees that remain visually appealing during the winter and provide offer sustenance for birds, such as those that provide colorful berries. Place a shallow water source with a flow, such as a pondless water feature, for animals to drink.
The U.S. Department of Energy suggests using landscaping methods to conserve heat and water. Use trees and other vegetation that will shade your home when it grows to maturity. Cultivate trees and shrubs to create windbreaks for your home to help reduce heating costs. Use a rain barrel rather than the tap to collect rainwater for watering plants. Plant drought-tolerant native plants.
Complete yard landscaping projects that won't compete or contrast with your home's exterior or other nearby spots that are already landscaped. Stay with the same color scheme. Use similar materials and aim for balance and flow.
Design a front yard landscape that will most welcome visitors by drawing them toward the home's front door. Ensure that a walkway is easily accessible, with natural edges. Incorporate shrubs for structure and some flowers for color. Consider planting a small ornamental tree, such as a weeping cherry or Japanese maple, for interest. Place progressively smaller plants near the entrance so that it is enhanced rather than hidden.