You’ve just bought a new home and now you get the exciting task of moving in and getting settled. You begin unpacking boxes and putting everything in its place. You start to hang curtains and pictures, and decorate the bedrooms and living room. And all the while you continuously gaze out your back window and look upon your new yard and see that it is nothing more than a newly sodded lawn, essentially a blank canvas. Hundreds of ideas start to pop in your head of what you can do with the space. What you may not realize though, is that underneath this newly sodded earth, terrible things are hiding such as poor soil, unmarked wires, pipes, weed seeds, and what will be years of hard work. So, what can you do to fix your yard into a landscaped paradise? Well, in this article we will give you some ideas of how you can best utilize your new yard.
First things first, you need to be able to improve the quality of the soil. Ideally, we would suggest that you use your own compost. However, this is probably not realistic seeing as how you just moved in. And it would take years of compost to be able to cover your entire yard. Therefore, we suggest that you search out local companies that sell compost in order for you to spread it across your lawn. Just keep in mind that not all compost is created equal, and the best type to go for is compost such as, cow manure. This seems disgusting in principle, but is incredibly effective in creating rich soil.
Next, you want to get a lay of your land. Figure out exactly how much space you have and how you can best utilize it. The absolute worst thing that you could do is to jump right into planting a flower or vegetable garden just because you want it in a certain location for visual appeal. Rather, figure out where your best light is, where it will get the proper precipitation, and if it's going to be a place that will be easy to maintain when it comes to weeds. We suggest mapping out your garden layout on paper first, noting where sunlight hits and at points of the day it hits. If you are interested in installing stone panels, gether them in this stage after measurement. Faux stone panels provide cost effective alternate to real stone.
Once you have mapped out exactly what it is you want to do, and where you want to do it. Now is the time to get rid of any plants that are already taking up space. Often times, when a new house is built in a development, builder plants will be placed alongside the house. These may not seem to be such a big deal at the moment, but they could come back to haunt you in the end. So, figure out exactly what it is you already have, and decide if they fit into your vision for your yard. If they don't, now is the time to get rid of them before you start the planting process. A good rule of thumb to follow is, when in doubt rip it out.
Finally, always, always, always think ahead. Having a plan is probably the most important thing that you can possibly do when it comes to planning and planting your landscape. And you can't just think about the here and now, but you have to think about the future. Reason being, a lot of plants and gardens you're going to create today, will be there 5, 10, 20 years down the road. So, it's a vital to properly plan and strategize what exactly it is you want now and in the future, so you can build the landscape paradise of your dreams.
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