Do you have a plan for Spring this year? Need some Spring landscaping Ideas? Creating a checklist with things to accomplish around your house is one of the best ways to get in a routine of making positive changes to your home and property value. Whether you are thinking about a completely new landscape design or you just want to make a few minimal changes, now is the perfect time to begin planning and scheduling your course of action to improve curb appeal and achieve the relaxing oasis you desire this summer.
To get your ideas flowing about all-things-spring, here are some top spring landscaping ideas that will help you design, create, and maintain an attractive yard.
Know Your Yard
- Knowing the areas of your yard that receive the most and least amount of sunlight is an important part of creating a spring plan. Areas that receive less sun throughout the day will take longer to thaw out and be ready for planting.
- Think about issues that were a problem in your landscape last year. If deer were able to get to an entire section of plants, consider a fence installation.
- Finally, look for low lying areas in your yard that may be collecting stagnant water and assess how this is affecting your property. Also check on standing water in pool covers, buckets or flower pot so that mosquitos won’t be pestering you all summer long.
Design A Planting Scheme
- Do a soil test and check the pH levels of your soil to see if you have high or low acidity levels. This will help you determine which plants will grow best and how to feed your grass.
- Utilizing specific color patterns are proven to attract the eye more than others. Choose a style that works with the architectural exterior of your home such as Minimalism or Victorian Vintage and plant with these color details in mind.
- Monochromatic – choose one color in a variety of shades; blend textures and sizes to create interest
- Complementary – two colors opposite on the color wheel; blue and orange or red and green
- Analogous – three neighboring colors on the color wheel; yellow, orange, red (most commonly used)
- Fragrant spring flowers that will brighten up your landscape include Lilacs, Korean Spice Viburnum, Daphne Plants, Peonies, Bearded Irises, Lily-of-the-Valley, English Lavender
- When choosing the plants you want in your landscape think about the amount of maintenance and time certain specimens may take to care for. When it comes to gardening and landscaping there will always be some amount of pulling weeds, pruning and watering that must be done but placing the types of plants that suits your schedule is important.
- Early May is the ideal time to disperse an organic pre-emergent before any new mulch is laid.
Making a Grand Entrance
- Spring is a great time to edge all of your beds to clearly define areas in your landscape. This may be one of the more back-breaking items on the list but it truly makes a difference in the final look.
- Re-touch paint on fences, arbors and your mailbox to remove discolor that may have appeared due to salt and harsh winter elements.
- Add plants and flowers that are fragrant and colorful near the entrance of your home or garden such as Orange Marigolds or Purple Vanilla-Scented Heliotrope to give an alluring appeal.
- Soften the edges of your landscape design with arching or cascading plants that will conceal unsightly issues or electrical boxes.
- If you are planning to have a garden area, define its entrance for added intrigue. Adding an arbor or a pergola will increase your garden’s depth, dimension and places for you plants to climb.
- For some homeowners an interesting way to draw the eye to a specific area is by adding oversized plants. Plants such as Elephant’s Ear can bring a large dose of drama and an intense impact.
- Spice up your cooking in the coming seasons with herbs that grow well in partial sunlight such as Mint, Cilantro, or Parsley.
- Create your own salad with plants you have grown such as Loose Leaf Lettuce, Endive, Arugula, Spinach and Kale.
- Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts are all hearty plants that will grow and produce for longer in damp and cool environments.
- Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Beans, Corn and Squash all enjoy maximum sun exposure.
- If you don’t want to dedicate entire sections of your landscape to growing vegetables or you have been undecided about the amount of maintenance they may take than place herbs around the edges of one or two of your garden beds. This will help you decide how to proceed in the future when it comes to expanding.
Attract the Wildlife You Want
- Add coffee or tea grinds to your soil to increase acidity which will alter the color and frequency of your blooms and deter deer from eating your plants.
- Attract butterflies and humming birds will Aster, Butterfly Bush, Lilac, Globe Thistle, Zinnia, Larkspur, Foxglove Lily, Verbena and Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle.
- Planting Scented Geranium near seating areas and pools will keep mosquitos away with its lemon scent.
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