Landscaping front yards have special planning considerations

No matter the size of your front yard, landscaping front yards usually have different planning requirements than other, more private areas of your garden. The front yard is typically more open, making it easier for visitors to find their way to your front door. You must also consider that landscaping front yard designs should incorporate certain safety factors, guarding against intruders. The style you choose may be a factor as well. For example, if you have a large front yard in the cottage garden style, this may affect access adversely, both for guests and intruders. A more open plan may be a better choice, but this doesn’t preclude using privacy screens or shrubbery to achieve both objectives of privacy, safety and good looks. Let’s take a look at some design techniques you can use to create your ideal front yard landscaping.

If you might be selling your home in just a few years, you’re wise to heed that old real estate adage on ‘curb appeal’. When selling a home, the front yard landscaping is what prospective buyers see first. This truly can make or break the sale. A well manicured front yard makes that buyer more enthusiastic about your home before they ever enter. In this case, you might want to give this factor some weight.

When you’re landscaping front yards, you want to scale your garden design to the size of the front yard. For example, a small front yard is overwhelmed with a single large tree as the main focus, causing the front yard to appear smaller, as well as awkward. Consult plant catalogs and gardening encyclopedias to find plants which are suited to the size of your front yard.

Before you settle on a specific style, browse the home and garden magazines to pick out plants and design features which you find appealing. Compile a portfolio of these various features, including lighting, trellises, pathway materials, edgings and statuary – whatever catches your eye. Ultimately, you probably won’t use all of these, but this technique helps you focus and directs you to a style that suits all of your objectives.

A large front lawn, with green stretching from the street to your front door, edged with a curving flower bed next to a brick pathway, is perhaps the most open of landscaping front yard designs, but not the most interesting. Consider breaking up the space with some well … Read the rest

Mistakes to Avoid When Carrying Out Pond Building and Pond Maintenance

A pond at home can be even more precious than a pool. A pond is a true piece of nature at its most beautiful, right in your backyard. One of the nicest parts to putting a pond in your home is that it is supposed to look really kind of natural. You don’t really need to call in a professional to do it. But doing it on one’s own can be a trial and error affair. There are mistakes that are made making ponds, and there are mistakes in pond maintenance that are made as well.

To the first time pond builder, the main mistake to watch out for is the one where they aim too small. They don’t really really mean to. They think to themselves that they are to build a 250 gallon pond and it sounds like a lot to them. In reality, that would make a laughably tiny pond – only about four square feet and about 2 foot deep. What kind of pond would that be?

In general, you need to think of getting as large a pond as your space can possibly fit. Ponds have to be 10 or 15 feet across. And they have to be at least 4 or 5 feet deep. That’s what you should aim for. But you should ask around. Whatever fish you hope to put in your pond, they probably have specific needs as well.

Coming to pond maintenance, many pond owners make the mistake of underestimating how large a pump they need. When they go to the store, it seems to them like a smaller and cheaper pump would be a good idea. Bring it home though, and you’ll find that it is so underpowered that you have to run it a lot of the time. Pond maintenance becomes much easier when you get a pump that’s correctly powered for the task. Also, stay away from oil-cooled pumps. If the oil leaks out, that’s the end of your pond.

In the landscape gardening industry, they call someone who has a pond a water gardener. That’s for a reason. A pond isn’t just supposed to have the smattering of plants and a few fish. It has to be totally alive with plants. That’s the way a real pond is anywhere. And it’s a good thing for your fish, too. Not only do they have lots of food and … Read the rest