When it comes to front yard landscaping ideas, many people draw a blank. It can be intimidating to think that everyone will see what you've made. And so people make their front yard like everyone else's, all up and down the block.
We're going to break free from that! Not only will our front yard landscape ideas be edible, but new and stylish as well.
Let's do a little exercise ... walk up and down your street one day and look what other people have done with their front yards. (Most of these front yard landscaping ideas will have been installed by professional landscapers, by the way.)
Which do you like the best? What stands out in a good way and what stands out in a bad way?
Take notes about what you saw:
Now stand out by your mailbox and really look at your front yard. Take pictures. Look at it from the street, the driveway, and the walkway, as if you were visiting for the first time.
Here are some things to look for and some front yard landscaping ideas to go with them:
Are parts of the yard worn down by people tracking over the lawn? Consider adding a walkway or stepping stones along there, or change your current walkways to fit the real traffic flow of your landscaping.
If you don't want people to walk across your yard, place hedges or fences to block that sort of activity.
The alternative might be to fill those areas in to make them level with the rest of the yard.
If water is pooling near the house or you have repeated flooding, you need to consult a professional. Here's what landscape designer Heidi Schreiner has to say on the subject.
(If you don't have contractors you use on a regular basis, you really should learn more about Angie's List, which gives you unbiased reviews of local contractors.)
Consult a tree surgeon for advice on pruning old established trees for best effect.
Remember, the city often owns this area, so make sure you check city codes before starting.
You may want to remove too-large bushes or other plants that get in a visitor's way, or anything that makes finding the main entryway confusing.
Remember, you must allow room for workers to safely access utility boxes, water mains, and other necessary (but sometimes unsightly) fixtures. Hide these from the street if you like, but save the spiky or thorny plants for a different area of the yard.
Another place to see many front yard landscaping ideas is in home magazines. While you can't significantly change your existing house, you can adapt what others have done to fit your home.
Try these garden style design sheets from LandscapingNetwork.com, which have a lot of good landscape design ideas for many different home and garden styles. (Just be aware that most of their plant recommendations are not edible!)
Consider your home's exterior when evaluating your front yard landscaping ideas, especially when choosing plant colors.
Charting out your perennial garden design may help with this.
You don't want to overdo. Too many different front yard landscaping ideas put together can end up looking cluttered and messy. So keep your design simple and elegant. But don't be afraid to do something different!
More ideas and inspiration can be found at exterior home improvement ideas. (opens a new window)
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