Landscaping: Plan Your Yard Right, Part One

file000570050411Have you ever seen a yard where it was obvious the landscapers didn’t plan for what the yard would look like in the years after planting? It’s important when you’re planting to consider not just how things fit together when they are newly planted but also how they will thrive together as they grow. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the basics you should consider when planting. In our next post, we’ll wrap up with some of the other considerations that help bring your landscaping plan together.

When it comes to planning new landscaping, there are several things you should consider before you start planting:

Light

How much light will the area receive? Observe how many hours of sun each part of your yard receives before choosing which plants should go in each location. Some plants will require full sun – more than six hours per day – and some will require very little sun.

Identify shady parts of your yard and choose plants that thrive in less sunlight.

Water

Do you live in an area with a water shortage? Are you in a desert or drought area? Consider plants that require less water. The more you choose your plants based on the climate in which you live, the more likely they are to thrive.

Animals

Are you in an area where you’re likely to get a lot of deer, or raccoon, or squirrel? Take these visitors into consideration when planning your landscaping. If you need to deter deer, choose plants with spiky leaves or thorns.

Landscaping is best done with a plan. Next time, we’ll explore color, space, and arrangement as factors in planning your landscape.

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