Landscaping your lawn doesn't have to be an arduous chore. There will always be labor involved, but it will be well worth it when you sit back on your porch and admire the majesty of your freshly landscaped lawn. If you need some landscaping inspiration, read on for some easy ideas to help get your lawn in top shape.
Front lawn landscaping ideas
Your front lawn is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Its curb appeal's main component when selling a home--front lawn wear and tear makes the home look older and in poor condition compared to a nicely manicured lawn. If you need to update your front lawn try some of these ideas.
Your front lawn is your home's most visible area. But just how visible do you want your home to be? You could create a welcoming feeling for your home without providing too much access with some landscaping options.
A living wall of shrubs and bushes along the front of your lawn will offer privacy without closing off your home. Adding some lattice fencing provides a bit of privacy without detracting from your home's curb appeal.
Think of picket fences - they don't offer much security nor do they offer much privacy, so what is the point? While many homeowners opt for fences for security or privacy, other fences are meant solely for defining borders. Your home will look more "finished" with a fence around the edge of the property.
If you're going to put a fence around your property's border, decide if you want to line your driveway as well. Consider hedges or flowers along your driveway's sides and a fence around the property's edge to provide you with some defining lines.
Backyard landscaping ideas
Your backyard, while not as visible as the front yard, shouldn't just be an afterthought when you're planning your landscaping. A backyard has the potential to become your own personal oasis for relaxation and for entertaining.
When planning your backyard landscape, think of what you'll be using your backyard for. Necessity is the mother of invention as they say, so keep your needs in mind when planning. There's no need to create a landscaping plan to use your backyard for swinging soirees if you have no intentions on inviting anyone over.
Patios, decks and terraces
If you already have a patio, deck or terrace in your backyard you'll need to work with them and keep them in mind when planning your landscape. Since these features are likely permanent in your yard, consider adding floral borders around them.
Depending on the space available around each feature you could even consider planting herbs as a border. Some herbs and plants are natural mosquito repellents so they'll not only look lovely in your backyard, but they'll keep annoying mosquitoes at bay.
Swimming pools are such a bonus in a backyard when the weather is hot and despite their upkeep and special considerations, it's very common to find pools in many backyards.
If you have an in-ground pool, planting tall shrubs, bushes or tall grasses around the fence will help add privacy while you swim and also help disguise a security fence. Just be sure not to plant anything too tall, otherwise it may block the sun and prevent the water from warming up enough.
If you live in a warmer climate, planting palm trees and tropical plants near your pool can help turn your backyard into the beach escape you're looking for in the summer.
There are many ways to landscape your front yard and your backyard but the first step is to make a plan. Take a look at your yard and think of what you would like to see there -- more flowers, more greenery or maybe some added privacy. Then think about what plants, fencing or other features are in your budget and would work well with your home's decor. Once you've figured out what you want you can get to work on how to bring your landscaping ideas to your home.