Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Landscape Makeover Tips for Older Homes

With time, your home ages and so does its surroundings. Often older homes acquire a deserted look with overgrown bushes, untrimmed plants and dry leaves strewn everywhere.

The trick lies in sprucing up the yard so as to render a fresh touch and eye-catching appeal to overall home appearance. Now the big question is how to correctly do landscape makeover so that your bland outdoor living space turns alluring and inviting!

Recreating home landscape is indeed an engaging mission more so when the outcome is so rewarding. A bright and contemporary garden style not only makes your abode more appealing but adds value and usability to it. When it comes to yard transformation of an aging home, certain measures prove to be quite fruitful.

Start with an outdoor remodel

Don’t initiate the project in an impulsive manner. Select the best style that you would like to portray in your front/back yard. You can even talk to any renowned landscaping company for precise visualization.  In case the home exterior needs remodeling too, then complete that project first, so that it doesn’t clash with your landscaping schedule.

Consider fire safety for your garden

This is one aspect which should be of primary concern while redesigning the yard. Many aging homes have junipers as foundation plants which are highly combustible. Then rubber mulch can easily catch fire too. While all plants burn, measures should be taken to reduce fire intensity as much as possible. You need to select plants even more carefully, if your home is located in a high wildfire zone.

Concentrate on water conservation

Think of installing well-designed and efficient irrigation system, if you want to conserve water and maintain plants in healthy condition. Some water features like ponds, cascades or waterfalls enhances your yard’s beauty, adds value to it and acts as a steady water source too. Make sure that the water feature is installed by a trained landscaper or irrigation specialist only. Do focus on proper cleaning and maintenance of the water body.

Think of a low maintenance landscape

Lifestyle has become hectic now. People don’t have time to take care of their gardens. However this shouldn’t deter your landscaping plan. The best way to come up with a low maintenance yard is by picking up native plants that match your region’s weather condition, e.g. if you are a California resident then beautify your garden with Hollyhock, Lilac, Fired-egg flower or California Poppy. This reduces maintenance time and cost.

To sum it up

You just can’t plan a totally maintenance free garden. However the entire process of remodeling, replanting and choosing new materials for your old garden can be fun indeed. Actually there is no problem doing all these on your own. The only problem is with an unorganized landscaping plan you might end up spending time and money but without satisfactory result. By opting for an expert guidance it becomes much easier to redesign your dream yard within budget.

Make sure to consult a licensed landscape professional who has expertise in handling gardening projects of older homes.

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