6 Tips to Make Your Landscaping Look Great


Cabin Landscaping

Now that the calendar has turned to May, there’s no excuse to stay cooped up inside. Old Man Winter has finally passed and the weather is only going to get better over the next few weeks. After a pretty harsh winter, chances are your lawn and landscaping could use a little TLC.

To help you get started, we’ve shared a list of landscaping tips from blogger Lauren Mennen that were recently posted at Philly.com. Now grab your gardening tools and let’s get to work!

Maintain current plantings: To really improve the look of your home, make sure the trees and shrubs are trimmed and well-maintained. You might also want to check with a local garden center to see how often your plants should be watered this summer.

Add plants to fit design of home: Choose plantings that are going to fit the design of your home, that are easy to maintain, and won’t overgrow and invade another plant’s space. Boxwoods, hydrangeas, and holly shrubs fit this description and a good low-cost option.

Add water features: Water features, along with fire pits and patios, are one of the most popular features requested by homeowners. Consider a waterfall or another pond-less water design which don’t require much maintenance.

Add lights to plantings: Use lights to highlight interesting shrubs or tall trees to make the yard look “dramatic” and “soothing” at night.

Redefine the beds: Take care of the foundation of plantings by adding a little much which nicely defines the bed and makes the property look as if it is well cared for.

Improve curb appeal: Adding newer plantings and sprucing up front walkways is important if you are looking to sell your home.

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21 comments
MikeReynolds13
MikeReynolds13

J. Michael, I really like your third tip of the six. Water features may take a bit of extra maintenance, but they are worth it. If you are worried about maintenance, then you could even follow some advice in the article. "Consider a waterfall or another pond-less water design which doesn’t require much maintenance." 

FelicitySandy
FelicitySandy

In the tip section towards the middle, I absolutely love the idea of accenting your plants with lighting so that your yard shines with illuminated plants and bushes! I think those kind of details really make the difference with landscaping. Another idea with the lighting is to use the breadcrumb concept as you walk along the sidewalk path in your front or backyard. Using lighting properly with landscaping can really add to your last tip of adding to the overall curb appeal too! 


Gary Puntman
Gary Puntman

I actually really like the landscaping in that picture.  It would definitely be easier to take care of than having all grass.  I've never really been a fan of the look of no grass, but I would actually do something like this in my front yard.  It would definitely be nice to save money on my water bill during the summer! 

Jeffybridge
Jeffybridge

Michael, I love the idea to add lights to plantings. I had never thought of that before. I can see how that can really add to the overall landscape especially at night. I wonder what kind of tools I would need in order to install those kinds of lights.


lillysedrick
lillysedrick

It definitely does seem like water features are becoming more and more common now a days. However, they are always so beautiful and peaceful. I would really like to have some type of water feature in my yard one day. I am really hoping to be able to have my yard finished this summer. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with maintenance for it.


James Lisbon
James Lisbon

One of the things that I liked was when it talked about using plants that would complement the style of the home.   Also, adding water features might be a viable option, depending on the yard and the situation.   Luckily, it seems like there are services out there that can help with things like this should help be required.

JordanJohnson2
JordanJohnson2

I only have the time and money to use two of these tips. I'm going to put extra lights into the front yard since it is a pretty simple job that will make the yard looks nicer almost indefinitely. Beyond that, adding a water fountain should help it to be more soothing and draw some envy from my neighbors.  

bryanflake1984
bryanflake1984

I love your landscaping tactics without a grassy lawn.  There is a certain skill in making a rock yard look fashionable.  I've got grass, but it would be interesting to put in a rock bed with plants near the front of my home. 

Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

Your tip about adding a water feature is really great. Yards that have them just look ten times better. I would love to have a fountain, a fish pod, or a waterfall in my backyard. It seems like landscaping isn't to hard if your know what you are doing.

 

rbenson1
rbenson1

My husband has been thinking of ways to make the landscaping of our home look a little nicer.  I really like your suggestion to a fresh layer of mulch to the flower beds.  It seems like there are some quick and inexpensive ways to improve the curb appeal of a home. 

 

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

The part that mentioned adding different water features stuck out to me.   The other thing that seemed relevant was when it mentioned to put in plants that fit your home.   There seem to be many different things that someone could do to improve their landscaping.   It would probably depend on personal preference.

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Michael, I like the idea of renting the equipment online. However, I feel like it might be better to do it in person. My brother operates all kinds of construction equipment, and he says that it is important to see the equipment you are renting in person. 

EmilySmith3
EmilySmith3

This was just the information I was looking for about landscaping! My husband and I have been wanting to do some landscaping in our yard. The tip about adding water features seems like a great idea! I love water and it would be so nice to have a fountain or a little stream in the yard. I will have to show this to my husband and see what he thinks.

tedsmith575
tedsmith575

Thank you for the tips on how to make my landscaping look great! My favorite one on this list is to add water features. I would agree that having water features add a sense of elegance to the yard. I will have to get one for my yard. 

sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

I think you're right: adding plants should be secondary to maintaining the state of current plants. It can sometimes be tempting to 'start over', but it's much cheaper and better in the long term to develop a habit of maintaining what is already in your back yard. This can help you to make sure that everything will last a long time in your back yard without need for constant replacement. Thanks for sharing your tips with us! 

garybirtles14
garybirtles14

I added lighting to my plants this last summer. It really was a great investment. It adds a lot more depth and flair to my landscaping. That is a great tip to consider.

kelseyhiggins
kelseyhiggins

What a great idea to add lighting into the landscaping! It would be nice to add something that makes my yard look good even after the sun goes down! My husband and I love hosting barbecues in the summer and they usually last past sunset! Adding lighting to our yard would transform it into a great environment for us to enjoy with our friends and family on those nights! 

LaceyRockwell1
LaceyRockwell1

I have never thought of adding water features to my yard! Now that I think of it, it would add so much to my yard. I would love to have something  more in my yard, I feel like it is so boring, and I need to spruce it up.


 

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Awesome idea about adding water features.  Very few people have those in their landscaping where I live.  Adding lights is also a great landscaping tip.  That would make the house more secure at night I bet as well.


chevyjones
chevyjones

I'm thinking of getting a rock wall with a waterfall coming out of it installed in my backyard.  I've got some extra money and I think that it boost the value of my home.  I want it done properly so I'll have to hire someone that can produce the quality that I want.


KentClark1
KentClark1

I will definitely add water features after reading this.