Spring is here! As you awake in the morning, you feel a renewed sense of life. The fresh air, birds chirping and flowers blooming. For lanscaping impaired individual, this is the beginning of a season filled with anxiety; what to plan, where to plant, how to plant. With over one-third of the country in a drought of some level, landscaping can be a tricky task to accomplish. The key to creating a beautiful landscape in a drier climate is to plan, plan, plan.
Landscaping, by it’s definition, is not limited to flowers and shrubbery. Landscaping encompasses the entire exterior grounds of your home. For this reason, when developing a landscaping plan, focus on the fencing style, lighting, in addition to the selection of drought-tolerant plants.
Along with functionality, fencing should be pleasing in style and should compliment your dwelling. For example, if the home is a modernistic style, the best fencing selections would include sleek lines of iron and aluminum. Ranch-style homes might consider split rail fencing and rugged wooden posts while traditional homes tend to remain with wooden picket and privacy fencing. Whatever the selection, the key is to remain open to design and consider the style of the home rather than your personal preference. A fencing selection should be pleasing to the eye. For assistance with fencing selection, you can visit your local landscape designer or visit www.lowes.com for design recommendations and pricing.
In addition to fencing, the premise lighting will provide impact and enhance specific areas of the landscape you may want to emphasize. For example, solar-powered, low cost lighting can provide enhancements without impacting your utility expenses. Along the garden bed line, solar lighting will provide a subtle, soft view of your garden at night. Visit your local home improvement store or visit www.target.com for lighting selections. As a general rule, the outdoor garden lights, provide up to 10 hours of solar powered light and can be placed strategically throughout the landscape.
For the beginner, the selection of drought-tolerant plants can be an overwhelming task. Here is a good rule of thumb when choosing a plants: Before visiting your local store, outline a plan and assess your garden. The plan should include documentation of sunlight levels at various daytime hours, space for planting and soil type. For example, it is recommended that the beginning garden should be limited to a space no larger than 15′ x 11′. Once these three factors are considered, your search will become more efficient, and less stressful.
One of the most frequent mistakes in landscaping is to plant sun-loving plants in a shady area of the yard. Because of the dry climate, drought-tolerant plants such as bluebeards, purple coneflowers, lamb’s ear and ornamental grass will add a nice color assortment to your landscape and will not require frequent watering and sunlight requirements will not be as significant as in a climate with more moisture. Additionally, the advantage to using drought-tolerant plants comes with the plant’s ability to tolerate poor-to-average soils. Thus, soil purchase will not have an impact on your budget and will decrease the level of work involved with creating your new landscape. Humus, a commonly used soil, should be reserved for less tolerant plant species.
Whatever your taste or style, landscaping should not provoke anxiety. With drought-tolerant plants, low cost solar-powered lighting and the fencing style to compliment the dwelling, anyone can improve their green thumb. The key to creating a beautiful first landscape is to observe, plan and then select your products. With a plan in place, an ordinary landscape can become an extraordinary landscape and be the envy of all your neighbors.