Do You Know How to Plant an Eye-Catching, People-Pleasing Front Lawn
Are you looking for a fun, new way to add “curb appeal” to your home? Whether you are trying to improve your home’s market value, or you just want to create something beautiful to welcome you home each day from work, a flower bed is a low- cost way to meet your needs. Planting flowers and foliage that compliment your style is a great way to welcome guests to your home and please your neighbors, alike.
If you’re a new homeowner, though, chances are that you have never taken on the task of building and tending your own flower bed before. It can be a somewhat overwhelming task. The good news is there are a lot of tutorials- and it’s not as hard as it might seem! Below, we will outline a few simple step- by- step methods and ideas that can get your front yard looking like a lush botanical paradise (or at least something similar) in no time.
Before planting your flower bed, you’ll need to plan ahead. Take a walk around your yard an choose a suitable location (or more than one, if you’re motivated). You’ll want to take notes of the available lighting and any nearby structures that might block the sun, harming potential for growth. It’s also a good idea to make sure you know where any underlying power lines might be on your property and how easy it will be to water your garden from the nearest water source.
Next, make a sketch of how you want your flower bed to look. This is fun! You get to play with the ideas you have for the flower bed- what size and shape are you interested in working with? Are there any special flowers you want to incorporate? Colors?
There are several types of flower beds that are already popular. Foundation flower beds run along the edge of the home. In terms of design, they are meant to anchor a person’s eye to the house, blending it into the surroundings of the home. Foundation beds should be planted in different layers and types of plants to create a sense of depth. Always research your plant to make sure they have room to spread out into maturity.
Another common type of flower bed is a curving edged bed. These are often planted in the corners where sidewalks meet the driveway or the driveway meets a walkway to the house. They are meant to soften the hard angles of the yard, which can sometimes detract from the overall aesthetic of the house, itself. In this case, you will always want to test drive the curves with your mower before planting anything. It’s devastating to mow down your hard work later because your curve was impossible to maneuver!
Always avoid stand- alone beds that run the length of your driveway. They will draw attention to your cars and garage, which is not the purpose of a flower bed.
When you’re ready to plant, you will use a hose, spray paint, or even flour to mark out the shape of your flour bed on the ground. Decide- are you tilling into the ground? Are you creating a raised bed? If you are creating a raised bed, you will want to take note of the type and amount of edging material you will need to purchase.
Now that you have mapped out your flower beds, you’re ready to build them. Depending on their location, the space needed, and whether or not you are raising them, you will begin with a different approach.
Some choose to dig or till up an area for a flower bed. Others use herbicide to kill any grass or weeds in place, then wait and rinse the ground until it is suitable for planting again. Others will smother the current vegetation out with cardboard, panels of wood, or another covering.
If you are choosing to till your bed, it’s easier to use a flat shovel than any fancy tilling machine you might feel motivated to buy. You dig about four or five inches into the ground around the perimeter of the bed, then “checkerboard” cuts into the ground throughout the middle. From there, you can peel the sod off in sections. Clear out the debris that is left and loosen the soil. You are now ready to plant.
If you are choosing a no- dig method, eliminate the grass. Then, add about six inches of compost or rich soil on top of the bare ground, then a layer of some type of organic mulch (such as straw) on top. Once the mulch has completely decomposed into the dirt, you are ready to plant. Most who use the no-dig method will do so in autumn, then plant their beds the following Spring.
Now you are ready to plant! Design your beds to draw attention to the front door of your home. Flowers are the best way to do this, as they come in a variety of colors that grab attention.
It is best if you choose a color scheme to carry throughout the entire yard. Choose the color scheme based on the accent colors of your house, but stay away from the main color. For instance, if your home is blue with white trim, you would be wise to use mostly white flowers with a few subtle hints of blue thrown in. Using all blue flowers in the lawn of a blue home will create a somewhat comical appearance to passersby.
You can double the duty of your flower bed if your yard is sunny for at least six hours a day. In this instance, you can plant edible crops that can be incorporated into the design of your landscape. Raspberry bushes, dwarf fruit trees, and grapevines are all great options. Bushes and dwarf trees blend neatly into foundation beds while grapevines, and other plants like it, can grace a front yard trellis. There are also ways to creatively disguise red tomato plants into patches of marigolds, or iris bulbs into the leafy backdrop of rhubarb.
The biggest task with growing a garden or flower bed is maintenance. You will need to keep a near constant eye on your plants to ensure they are properly weeded and tended or they can quickly become eyesores. Design your beds with succession plants in mind. Some flowers won’t last throughout the season. Be ready to replace marigolds with Chrysanthemums when the weather takes a turn for the cooler.
If your worried about the level of maintenance you might need to keep your flowers looking as beautiful as the day you planted them you can always choose garden plants that are easier to maintain.
If you get a lot of snow where you live, you will also want to make sure any shrubs or trees you have can handle a few months of frozen ground, or you’ll soon have dead foliage to cut away before the neighbors start complaining.
If you follow these steps, and incorporate a few of your own creative ideas, there is little doubt that you can turn any plain old yard into a beautiful sight in no time! Have fun with your project, learn by your mistakes, and soon you will have down a method and a design that works for you and your neighborhood. You will be proud of your spot on the block in no time, showing off your decorative flair and your own unique personality!