Landscaping: Plan Your Yard Right, Part Two

file0001650809967We’ve been discussing the need to plan your yard before you landscape. Last time, we discussed light, water, and animals. We continue the discussion this week by exploring space, color, and arrangement.

Space

One of the biggest issues homeowners end up having is more plants than space. It’s very easy to overestimate how much space you really have given the plant’s size at maturity. In fact, what often happens is that the landscaping plan is made based on what fits together when the items are planted, but if you’re not planning for the next 5-10 years of growth, you’ll often end up with more problems.

As you plant, consider how much space you have based on the projected size, height, and root requirements of the mature plants. You can always use annuals to fill in the space you have to leave to accommodate the mature plants.

Color

Both by choosing the color of your flowers to complement each other and by choosing a variety of plants that bloom at different times, you can create a landscape that is beautiful all year long. Consider different textures and shades of color to add depth and dynamic to your landscaping.

Arrangement

When planning how to plant multiple plants in a group, again consider their size at maturity. Combine a variety of plants that will grow to different heights to create a visually appealing landscape, but consider how the growth of each plant will affect the others; if you’re now-sunny garden will soon be shady three quarters of the day from a large, fast-growing bush, you may want to reconsider what you plant.

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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.