There is no doubt that when landscaping comes to mind, one wants to save money, as well as have an attractive property. Not only can landscaping help you beautify your home, but it can also provide a source of tranquillity in the comfort of your own yard.
When you take care of your yard on your own it can be quite overwhelming. You can hire a landscaping design Toronto company to come in and work with you on beautifying your space. Once you have all the landscaping done, there is some minimum upkeep that needs to be done to ensure a great looking landscape. Following a few tips that can help you take better care of your yard.
Know your soil type
Some plants thrive in soil with more acidity, and others prefer a little more alkali. Additionally, sandy soil and clay soil, as well as the presence of loamy soil, can make a difference in what types of plants will thrive in a landscape. You should have your soil evaluated in order to determine what types of vegetation should be planted on your property. If there are plants that you would like to plant, but the soil is not quite ideal, it is possible to improve the soil to proper conditions. You need only add mulch or peat, or to add crushed limestone or clamshells, depending upon what you hope to accomplish. As long as there is not a great difference in what you have and what you hope to achieve, it is possible to make soil adjustments to be more accommodating.
Understand how much space each of the plants needs. There are some plants that require more room for their root systems than others. If you choose one plant that tends to grow everywhere, and you do not have adequate space, you will find that your other plants may be crowded out or that they may choke and die. Also, make sure you understand the spacing requirements for between plants. Many shrubs and small trees need to be planted at least three to four feet apart to have enough room to grow.
Use native plants in your landscape design. One of the most effective things you can do to ensure a good-looking yard is to make use of native plants. Find out what plants grow best in your area, and what plants are indigenous to the region. This way you will already be ahead, in that you know that the plants you choose are adapted to the climate. You will not have to struggle against natural inclinations to keep your landscape looking beautiful. If you due use non-native plants, assure yourself that they come from a place that shares a climate similar to the one in which you live.
Plan your landscape around different blooming times. Different plants bloom at various times throughout the year. If all of the plants in your landscape are at their most attractive all at the same time, then your yard will only look beautiful for a few weeks each year. One way to help avoid this is to choose attractive bushes and shrubs that look good green, but also have some sort of flower. However, it is a good idea to stagger plants among each other. Plant tulips and crocus among later-blooming plants so that in early spring the bulbs bloom, and then when those flowers time is up, the next plants will be in bloom. In this way, the cycle of your landscape is in keeping with the seasons and looks attractive all year round.
Use mulch around shrubs, bushes and trees. Mulch can help the ground around shrubs, bushes, and trees look more attractive. Not only does it cover the ground (often looking better than dirt), but they also help keep in moisture, repel weeds, and provide natural food as they break down.
Follow these tips for a great looking yard.