Your front yard creates people’s first impression of your home. A thoughtful, well-executed landscape design can bring out the beauty and personality of your property, and help you to make that impression a positive one.
The first thing to consider when designing or redesigning your front yard is your budget for design, supplies, labor and maintenance. In addition to thinking about the financial cost, consider how much time you want to invest in the process, and how much time you’re willing to spend maintaining your yard after the design is complete. Do you want something you can maintain yourself, or are you planning to rely on a landscaping service to do this work?
You should also begin with a clear idea about what you hope to achieve through your landscape design. Do you want your front yard to look clean and crisp, warm and inviting, romantic? Do you envision evenings sitting on the porch with family and friends? Deciding what the atmosphere should be will help you to choose the elements that will bring your vision to life.
In choosing design elements, think about what you already have. Do you want to remove trees, shrubs, and plants that are there now, or do you want to integrate them into your new design? Also consider how suitable new elements may be in your climate. The lush green lawn that may be easy to achieve in some places will require enormous effort in others. Bright sunlight will help some plants to thrive, but others may need shade. This consideration extends to the materials for walkways and paths as well; pebble paths, for instance, may be beautiful in the spring but difficult to clear in deep winter snow.
A landscape design professional can help you to make the most of your property, increasing both its appeal and its value. A landscape designer can create a plan that will give you the look you want within your budget, at a level that you can maintain for years to come.