Before looking for landscaping ideas that will best showcase the home and garden, identify the needs of the area. Without proper planning, a beautifully landscaped area can easily turn into an expensive home improvement that limits enjoyment instead of enhancing it.
A family with young children will want an attractive space that will allow the kids to play freely without destroying the plants, shrubs and accessories. A large turf area with grasses that are suitable for heavy activity should be carved out of the overall design so that a well maintained and healthy landscape design is preserved.
It takes time to maintain a home and garden. Be realistic about the time available to keep the landscaping looking its best. A picture perfect formal garden may take a lot of time to weed, water and cut back deadheads to keep from looking shabby. When the proper attention isn’t paid to the area, the lack of attention will immediately become apparent, and money will have been wasted as well as making the area a constant reminder of a bad decision.
For the homeowner who wants the outside spaces to stand out in the neighborhood and remain attractive with minimal care, there are yard landscaping design ideas that can make the garden a place for relaxation instead of gardening chores. The use of plants that are native to the area will reduce the time spent tending the garden. The native plants have adapted to the environmental conditions. They will thrive with little additional watering that is time consuming as well as costly.