From Tim on April 22nd, 2009 in Landscaping
Successful landscaping relies on good irrigation and proper plant selection. It’s important to find plants and herbs that are native to your area or climate. This will lead to a higher survival rate and a richer landscape.
A good looking landscape will add value to your home and keep the green thumbs busy. If a new landscape is a DIY project, remember to pick plants, herbs, and shrubbery conducive to your climate zone. It’s also a smart idea to match plants with similar sun and water needs.
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Here’s a landscape idea for the front yard with curb appeal: Build a raised flower bed with a pink Crabtree as the center piece. Start with a kidney bean shaped flower bed, then plant ground cover around the edges. From there, insert tulip bulbs and annuals; these can be placed about six inches below the surface. It’s okay to plant them naturally, as if they grew there in the wild. In the center of the bed, dig a large hole and place your flowering Crabtree in this spot. To finish things off, plant some medium sized rose bushes on both sides of the Crabtree. This provides balance and structure to the bed.
In the Southwest, where water is scarce, it’s typical to see large stone patios and native desert vegetation. This hardscape takes the place of traditional flower beds and edged lawns. In these water-restricted areas, it makes complete sense to landscape this way. Desert landscaping is often confused with xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping can be done anywhere. The purpose of this landscaping is to bring together native plants with similar watering habits. Native plants tend to be heartier and use much less H2O than traditional grass lawns.
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As you plan your new landscape, be sure to check out our library of articles on water conservation and irrigation tips. We’ll even explain how easy it is to design your own sprinkler system. It’s all under the library sections of Landscaping, Water Conservation, and Irrigation.