Tips to upgrade your landscape

Tips to upgrade your landscape

Are you getting tired of your landscape? Does it seem like it is all one color - green in the spring and summer and brown in the fall and winter? 

Is there plant material out there that has been there since time began? Have you been trimming those evergreen shrubs faithfully only to see them growing bigger and rounder every year? 

If you say “yes” to any of these questions, then you are definitely ready to upgrade your landscape!

There are quite a few ways you can upgrade your existing landscape. From the less costly to a sizable investment, you can spruce up the curb appeal of your property while adding to the value of your home. 

Evaluate your existing landscape using the following checklist:

• Is there seasonal interest? 
• Do you have a flow or theme to your plantings? 
• Is there a feature plant or area that draws attention to the best face of your home? 
• Do you utilize annual or perennial plants to add splashes of color and foliage interest? 
• Could you use stone or brick (hardscape) to enhance certain areas?

Seasonal interest means that there is always something going on in your landscape. This could mean you have bulbs in early spring, then rhododendrons or azaleas blooming. 

A good place to start is by planting annual flowers in the summer and mums in the fall. Ornamental grasses add great foliage interest that lasts from fall through winter.

Having a flow in your landscape simply means the layout of your plantings and the groupings of similar or same types of plants. A theme could be a “woodland” area or “butterfly garden” area. 

Sometimes adding a feature plant or utilizing annuals and perennials could make a world of difference in a mature landscape. A feature plant usually is the focal point of your landscape and is typically an ornamental tree or shrub. If you have a lot of open spaces between plantings, annuals and perennials will fill them in nicely and aren’t too costly.

Finally, use stone, boulders, bricks or retaining walls to focalize an area or grouping. Add a hardscape walkway or patio for a beautiful entranceway or exit for your home. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Jenn Stumer is the owner of Appalachian Creations, Inc., providing landscaping services in Northampton, Pa. Since 2001, Appalachian Creations has specialized in landscape and hardscape design, installation and maintenance, as well as property maintenance and yard work.

As of December 18, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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