If you’re like most, your home’s curb appeal is vital. Every homeowner or property manager we meet wants their landscape to look great! As property owners, that’s what we all want. To do this, each of us has two options. We hire professionals like the Moeller Lawn & Landscape team to do it for us or put in the time and money to care for the yard ourselves.
When you do it yourself, there is always the hope of doing a great job. But if your efforts resulted in a terrible-looking landscape, it feels like you spent a lot of time and nothing to show for it. You may even feel you wasted a ton of money through the whole process. To avoid those concerns, here are three easy tips you can use to create a fantastic-looking landscape.
What Type Of Soil Do You Have?
Ever notice a plant or shrub you put in didn’t last long? Surprising something in the soil might be harmful. The cause for many plants to die is soil-related. Maybe what you planted needed more acidity in the ground, but your soil had more alkali instead. Or the presence of sandy, clay, or loamy soil caused the plant to fade. Knowing what type of soil is on your property is crucial.
Before you begin making any landscape changes, it is best to have your soil tested and evaluated. By doing so, you will uncover what types of vegetation will grow, become lush, and thrive on your property. If, however, you discover your dirt will not support the plants or shrubs you want, then you can address and improve the soil content before planting.
How Much Space Is Needed Between Plants?
Here’s an area of your landscape that is equally important. Trees, shrubs, and plants all need their own space to grow and thrive in that ecosystem. Planted too close to one another could shorten the life span of any species. For instance, some root systems are more aggressive than others, causing them to spread beyond their boundaries.
An excellent example of this is planting ferns too close to some flowers. The fern’s root system multiplies and can starve the flowering plant of needed root moisture, causing it to wilt or die. If you choose a plant that grows everywhere, locate another species to plant that is not affected by the fern’s growth or contact us about proper spacing between plants.
What Native Plants Have You Chosen?
When you select native plants as part of your landscape design, you have given yourself a massive advantage in the garden. This particular vegetation grows naturally in the wild, right here in West Tennessee, possibly in your backyard. You might be surprised to discover many of your neighbors have native plants in their yards, and their property looks great!
The first step is to uncover what native plants thrive best in our area. You want to make sure the foliage grows naturally in the West Tennessee region. The reason for this; these plant types thrive in our climate, season after season, and have long life-cycles. Should you choose a non-native plant, contact us first to find out if it comes from a similar environment as here.