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Appearances aren’t everything, but your home’s exterior can be a great opportunity to showcase your personal aesthetic and present the look of an organized and stylish home, no matter how it looks inside. Many people strive to create a perfect outdoor landscape that will not only improve the look of their home now but add value to the property in the future.
There are many ways to optimize the curb appeal of your home and bring your design ideas into reality. Depending on the size of your home and front yard it may seem like a daunting task, but if you plan ahead and know exactly what you want and how to achieve it, styling your exterior space doesn’t have to be complicated.
The main component of a home’s outdoor space is the lawn both in the front and the back yards. Your lawn can just be the canvas you work on and add to or it can be a feature all on its own depending on your vision.
Healthy, green, manicured grass can do wonders for making your home look elegant and beautiful. Good soil, plenty of seeds, and proper tending can make your lawn look top-quality. You can even take a look at a golf course lawn store for products that can give your grass that professional golf course look. A clean and well-managed lawn can give any home a more elevated and stylish atmosphere.
If you want a more unique look, you can even consider planting some alternatives to regular grass. Replacing your grass with groundcovers like clover or small evergreen plants can not only help your landscaping stand out among standard yards but can also be easier to manage as well. Many of these grass alternatives are great at choking out weeds and usually don’t require any mowing. If you don’t want to get rid of your grass completely, you can simply add some flowerbed sections or a flowerbed border to still get a unique feel.
Whatever plant you decide to fill your lawn with, you can always make it a bit more interesting by adding decorations like stepping stones, sculptures, or even a water feature like a fountain or pond. Add some features just for aesthetics or create a peaceful sitting area with some benches around a small pond or a path of stepping stones leading to a beautiful gazebo. These things don’t necessarily have to be reserved for the backyard and can really bring your whole landscape together.
It’s always a good idea to add some plants to put a bit of texture and color into your yard. There are numerous ways to get creative with any plants you want. Just be careful to do your research and stick to flora that’s native to your area.
Flowers can make any outdoor space come alive. Not only are they beautiful, but they often smell lovely and can even be beneficial to the environment by attracting and feeding pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Try to find perennial flowers that match your intended aesthetic. Perennials are flowers that, while only blooming in certain seasons, live for several years and don’t have to be replaced like annual flowers. These flowers often require very little maintenance after planting and there are still plenty of varieties to choose from.
Trees can be another great option for sprucing up (no pun intended) your landscape. Whether you want to be able to pick your own apple, watch cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring or just enjoy the shade of a large canopy, planting trees can be a good functional and aesthetic decision. Like with any other plant, you’ll have to check what species are native to your area. You also need to plan carefully, taking into account the size that whichever tree you’re planting will eventually grow to so you can find a spot where it’ll have plenty of space without causing any damage.
Keeping Up With Upkeep
After you have your landscape just how you want it you need to think about how you plan to keep it looking nice. Maintenance can sometimes be a lot of work depending on what all you have in your yard, but luckily with modern technology, services, and products, there are plenty of ways to make things easier.
Nowadays there are many options for automating some parts of your landscape maintenance. Sprinklers, of course, are a great way to take care of your grass or any other plants you may have without having to water them manually. You can set up a system so all your plants are watered on a certain schedule automatically, that way you don’t even have to remember to do it. There are also some new advancements in lawn mower technology, including automated mowers. These function much like a Roomba but for cutting the grass and may be a good option if you have a large yard you don’t want to cut yourself.
Of course, if you don’t want to handle maintenance all by yourself, there are plenty of lawn care and landscaping services you can hire. Certain companies will cut your grass, clean gutters, trim bushes, weed, and take care of any other yard work you need to be done. Look up companies that operate in your area and compare their prices and what services they offer to choose the best one for you.
Your home’s exterior should receive just as much thought and care as the inside as it can be a preview into your home. Make the space your own and get creative with the design. Make sure you have a plan before making any changes and think ahead to plan for maintaining everything as well.