Landscaping is a huge part of your home’s curb appeal, but it’s often one of the last things we think about when building or buying a new home. An inviting, well-lit walkway, colorful flowerbeds or shade-providing trees can all frame your home and make it even more welcoming. You may be wondering where to begin…especially if you’re considering entering our Annual Landscape Contest. Well, you’re in luck–we have an easy-to-follow method for getting your landscaping up to snuff:
Step 1: Lay the Groundwork
Your lawn–or lack of one–is your blank canvas to build your landscaping upon. So, do you want the maintenance and upkeep of grass or do you decide to take a more minimalist approach using gravel, rocks and shrubs? Consider water usage and who will be enjoying it when deciding if you want a grassy lawn. Kids love running around in the grass, whereas a pair of empty nesters may want to forgo the maintenance a lawn requires. Do you have dogs? Consider creating a combination yard with a dog run separate from your lawn, so your furry friends don’t ruin your lush, green grass.
Step 2: Pave the Way
A winding path to your front door has timeless appeal. Whether poured or stamped concrete or stepping stones, your path should be well lit. Use landscape lighting for your paths and walkways to help guests safely reach their destination. You can choose hard-wired or solar landscape lighting, but if you select hard-wired, be sure to work this into your build plan, so you don’t have to worry about putting in the electrical after your home is finished.
Step 3: Turn up the Color
Nothing packs a bigger punch than a splash of color at the front of your home. Make it easy on yourself and plant perennials, such as peonies, lilies or phlox, for a color burst that comes back every year. Large decorative planters at your home’s entry make a huge impact and can be updated seasonally to add personality to your home. Punch it up even further by adding colorful throw pillows to your porch chairs or patio set.
Short on Space?
Look up! Instead of planting on the ground, plant on the walls. Install a vertical herb wall on one side of your porch or pergola. Use hanging baskets or window boxes to maximize the space you have. Make your storage do double duty with storage benches or tables. And remember, even the smallest spaces look incredible with the right touches.
- Regardless of the size of your yard, you can incorporate the latest trends to dial up your landscaping style. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), many homeowners are making the most out of their backyards by using outdoor heaters, pergolas and awnings. To compliment this, homeowners are also planting multi-season shrubs, trees and flowers that allow them to enjoy their outdoor spaces as long as possible.
- Trending colors like Classic Blue–the Pantone Color of the Year–are finding their way into outdoor decor. Pair vibrant blue with yellow or white for a bold, yet traditional, pop of color.
- Patterns in hardscapes, like pavers and bricks, laid in chevron, basket-weave or lattice patterns add another layer of style to your yard.
- Smart irrigation systems are all the rage, and not just because they save you money…they also save resources! Smart irrigation systems tailor watering schedules and run times automatically to meet specific landscape needs. These controllers significantly improve outdoor water use efficiencies. Unlike traditional irrigation controllers that operate on a preset programmed schedule and timers, smart irrigation controllers monitor weather, soil conditions, evaporation and plant water use to automatically adjust the watering schedule to actual conditions of the site.
If you have some amazing landscaping you want to show off, we want to see it! We’re excited to announce the 2020 Wayne Homes Landscape Contest will run from May 18 – July 6. Winners will be announced on July 10.
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