In a world where first impressions often make a lasting imprint, imagine what your front yard says about you and your family. The front yard can be a showcase of sorts, representing your family and your home to the public eye. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that it speaks well of you?
How you landscape your front yard should fit your lifestyle and your ideals; it can be informal and natural-looking, semi-formal and tidy; or formal and very elegant or polished.
For guests, not only the view of your front yard can make a first impression, the driveway will be part of their preliminary visiting experience. If your driveway is pavement, consider edging on both sides of it to make a crisp line between the yard and the drive. If it’s not paved but you would like the driveway to be distinct, consider a concrete drive, driveway pavers, crushed shells, or exposed aggregate.
Adding a walkway to your front yard can have many positive advantages. Walkways offer a direct path from the driveway to the front entrance of the house or to the backyard, patio, or deck. They also have the benefit of giving people a set path to walk on, leaving your gardens and lush grass unworn from foot traffic. The walkway can take many forms from pavers to stepping stones - whatever offers secure footing and a fitting look for your yard.
Many homeowners enjoy trees, plants, or gardens immediately around the house. There are several things to keep in mind when selecting front yard plants, however. If you want trees near the house ask a landscaper or nursery worker what would be appropriate for your region and stick with shrubs and trees that won’t grow too large. Trees located at the corners of the house should only grow about as tall as the eaves of the house and those located directly in front should mature below window height. Also be sure that you don’t select anything that would have large and forceful roots that could potentially damage your foundation.
Also keep in mind the types of conditions your plants will find in your front yard and select those that will do well facing the direction your home faces and that will not attract deer, rabbits, squirrels, or other fauna you may not want nibbling your front yard niceties.
Over-landscaping is hardly ever a problem, as long as you choose your plants well, keeping to a common theme or feel to the project. A myriad of perennials can give your front yard a nice natural feel with a cottage garden appearance. But if you prefer a more polished look, consider planting a stately tree on each side of your driveway or walkway entrance to add depth and prestige.
Other yard features can enhance the landscape as well. A nicely placed fountain, statue, or pond can give your yard a more artistic feel, but don’t go overboard on these features; just one or two nicely woven into the landscape you’ve cultivated will be enough. Put together a beautiful front yard tapestry and it’s possible that the world won’t have to beat a path to your door, they’ll just follow your landscaping cues.
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