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Adding lush vegetation, pebbled pathways, and new furniture to your yard can be a fun process, but there’s a whole lot of landscape planning and preparation that goes into a successful landscape renovation.
If you’re interested in revamping your home’s outdoor living space this summer, use this quick guide to learn about must-know landscaping basics before you get started.
As you begin brainstorming landscaping improvement ideas for your home, it may help you to know some key landscaping terminology. Understanding these basics will help you decide which features suit your needs best, and help you communicate with your contractor to be confident that you see eye-to-eye, making your yard renovation seamless.
Keep these must-know landscaping basics in mind as you start planning your project for your yard:
Understanding Your Climate
When choosing landscaping upgrades for your yard, consider your climate.
Energy.gov has divided the United States into four basic climate regions (excluding Alaska), and each of these climates experiences different conditions throughout the year. In order to create a thriving, low-maintenance yard, you need to understand the ways your local climate affects landscaping options.
You also should consider your microclimate. This is the climate immediately surrounding your home; while you may reside in one of these four main regions, your area could be affected by different factors. For example, you may get more sun than the average home in your region, or you may deal with heavier winds. Understanding the conditions in your immediate area is a landscaping basic, as it can help you determine which renovations and plants will best meet your landscaping needs.
Selecting Native Plants Based on Your Climate and Ecosystem
Understanding your climate can help you choose native plants—an important part of sustainable, eco-friendly landscaping strategies. A plant is considered native to your area if it has occurred naturally without human introduction.
Native plants thrive in the soils and weather of your particular ecosystem, which translates to less watering needs, and potentially fewer pest problems—meaning you can avoid the use of toxic pesticides. Native plants may also help manage rainwater runoff, thanks to their deep root systems that can soak up excess moisture. Exotic plants that evolved in other regions are often more difficult to maintain, don’t sustain local wildlife as well, and may even become invasive, damaging native vegetation in your yard.
Pay Attention to Local Restrictions
Certain landscaping features might be restricted in your area. For example, homeowners in Nevada typically aren’t allowed to use rainwater catchment systems to recycle rainwater. Homeowners in California’s Central Valley are only able to water their lawns on a certain number of days in the week.
Many sustainable landscaping design features may help you abide by these restrictions without sacrificing landscaping style. For example, artificial grass allows homeowners to cultivate a green lawn even in areas with strict water restrictions.
Consider your needs and landscaping motivations and you’ll find a variety of drought-tolerant landscape features that suit your needs and follow local restrictions.
Financing Your Landscaping Upgrades
Landscaping projects can add up, and some homeowners might forgo important energy and water-efficient upgrades because of the upfront costs. The financing options from Finance of America Home Improvement can help you access the money you need to get the yard upgrades you want.
A beautiful, relaxing backyard can play host to picnics, barbecues, games of tag, stargazing, and more—make sure yours is ready with this quick guide to landscaping. Learn more about financing your landscaping project with Finance of America Home Improvement and start working towards the yard of your dreams today.