How To Use Your Front Yard to Add Curb Appeal
Your front yard is the first part your visitors see. It may be the only portion of your residence seen by many. The design of your front yard sets the theme for the rest of your outdoor space, and it should draw focus and attention to your home.
Your front yard serves many purposes and should be carefully planned to blend all these uses into a complementary design that brings out the beauty of your home.
- Include every single area of your front yard in the design plan, from the road all the way to your front door. However…
- Take care to keep the design simple and avoid large amounts of vegetation.
- Use the basics of landscape design to direct visitors to the entrance to your home.
Don’t Forget The Green
Trees and shrubs can provide a number of different benefits to your front yard landscape design.
- Select trees that are proportionate to your home and blend with the overall outdoor design.
- Shrubs, boxwood, topiary, and smaller ornamentals are excellent for creating linear patterns in your front yard and can line sidewalks, driveways, or the exterior of the home.
- Large trees, like oak, olive or poplar trees, provides shade and can aid in cooling your home during the summer.
- Fruit trees, citrus trees, and ornamentals like crepe myrtles and dogwoods are great choices for front yard designs. These varieties are typically small and fragrant, offering an elegant appearance.
Plan the location of the trees and shrubs in your front yard carefully, using trees that grow well in your climate and soil type. A new landscape design may benefit from mature trees that are transplanted or trees that grow quickly. Try to plant deciduous trees and other types that shed leaves, nuts, or other debris away from drives and walkways.
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