If you’re a new homeowner – or a veteran homeowner who’s ready for a change – it’s a wise idea to approach your landscaping and outdoor living space with a well thought-out gameplan. Here are some steps to follow for creating a yard that will serve as a welcome extension of your home.
Start by considering how you’ll use the space. While your home may already have a front porch or back deck, there may be an area of your yard that you envision using more, so plan accordingly.
Take a good look at existing trees, shrubs and large plants and consider whether they should stay put or be relocated based on how you will use your yard.
Consider privacy. How important is privacy to you? Determine whether you’ll want to install fences or a row of trees to create a privacy barrier for your most frequented outdoor space.
Think about what amenities are most important to you. Do you plan on entertaining a lot? Then an outdoor kitchen and/or bar may be part of your plans. Cozy, quiet evenings outside? A small firepit or chiminea will do the trick.
Consider furnishings. Outdoor furniture has advanced to new heights, these days. Will you want a full set of cushioned chairs and couches? An outdoor carpet? Or will a simple set of adirondack chairs and a teak table set for dining suffice? Map out what will best suit your space and your lifestyle needs.
Plan for lighting. No matter how simple or extravagant your outdoor space becomes, the right lighting is essential. Plan on a mix of pathway lights and spotlights for practicality. Solar options are ideal. Also consider decorative options, such as string lights and lanterns for ambience.
Plant wisely. Make sure you choose plants that suit your level of gardening enthusiasm. If you’re looking for minimal maintenance, stick with perennials, evergreens and grasses. If gardening is your passion, go for more elaborate flowers and shrubs that flourish with extra care.