House Landscaping plans

August 23, 2017
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Creating a budget is an importing part of planning your landscaping project. "Everyone has a budget so it's important to figure out what is important, " says Risa Edelstein, president of the Ecological Landscaping Association. "Focus on the functions or areas you're going to use the most or which are driving you crazy and need to fix immediately."

Try these tips when developing a landscaping budget:

Take an Inventory. The first step of any landscaping project is to make a list of what you already have and do a site analysis. You might be surprised at how many gems are hiding around your yard—plants that have gotten lost in the overgrowth and need only to be relocated, pruned, thinned, weeded, grouped or divided to regain their former glory. You can also repurpose hardscape materials such as bricks for a walkway or a rusty railing for a garden trellis.

"A lot of people have no idea what they have—or what they have that they shouldn't, meaning that a lot of mid-century gardens contain old plants such as ivy and burning bush that are now considered invasive, " Edelstein says.

Hire a Professional.: One of the best ways to avoid costly mistakes is to hire a professional to design a master plan, which not only helps you visualize the possibilities and but also maps out the steps to achieve them—and get it right the first time.

A master plan also helps you understand where the money goes, which isn't always where you can see it. For example, many towns now require drainage systems to catch stormwater run-off if you install a certain amount of impervious paving. "It comes as a surprise to have money spent on something you don't see because it's underground, " says Robert Schucker, president of R&S Landscaping in Midland Park, N.J. "But if you ignore things like drainage issues, it can wind up costing you a lot more to fix after the fact."

Don't Be Coy About Costs. Know what you want to spend and talk budget up front with your landscape professional. Understand what things cost by getting at least three estimates and If you're unsure what to budget, the American Society of Landscape Architects suggests to start with 5 percent to 10 percent of your home's worth. The good news: a good landscape design can add as much as 15 percent to the value of your home compared to other houses on your street.

Splurge on the "Maximum Value" Features. Consider which features will get the most use or provide the most enjoyment to you. For example, it might be an outdoor kitchen or living room patio that serves as an extension of your indoor living space for a good portion of the year. Or it could be a beautiful backyard vista to be enjoyed primarily from inside your house.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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