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Front Yard Landscaping Basics

May 13, 2008
The front yard is the first thing that most people see, so this tends to receive the most focus. There are many different ways to style the front yard. Even more are the countless landscaping ideas mulling around the minds of homeowners. In this short article you will find some basic landscaping concepts for your front yard.

Building Materials

Bricks remain the ideal kind of building material for front yard landscaping. They can be used in a variety of ways to shape the front yard like adding height, creating paths, introducing borders or edges and delineating an open area for relaxing in the afternoon. In addition, bricks come quite inexpensive and are easy to use without much labor or professional help.

In some situations, concrete may be more suitable. Although it is generally less desirable than bricks, it is often better for people who are in wheelchairs or serve drink or food on a trolley. Although concrete may need repair every couple of years, it is very useful in making patios.

Desert Landscaping For The Front Yard

Hot and arid climates limit one's choice of landscaping designs for the front yard. It is important for landscaping enthusiasts in desert areas to adopt a practical approach and use soil and plants that can stay healthy in desert conditions. Ideally, these should be of the kinds that do not depend heavily on water supply. Purple Sage, Longwood Blue Bluebeard and Oleander are some of the desert plants that do well in desert conditions and look good in front yards.

Driveways

It is important to landscape driveways, since they often lead people directly inside to the home. There are a variety of different landscaping styles for your driveway. In most cases, it is better to plant firm trees along the driveway, versus small plants. This is especially true if there are small children playing on the driveway. If your budget allows, it is advisable to gate off the driveway. This not only makes the driveway more beautiful, it also makes it more secure. It is also important to build a small wall to prevent animals from entering the yard and ruining your landscaping efforts.

Footpaths Shrubs And Solar Lights

The footpath leading from the driveway to your front door should ideally be made from bricks or stones. By planting flowers and lush plants along one side it will look more pleasant. Try to use medium rocks rather than large ones. The more popular stones used for this purpose are pumice, limestone and granite.

Shrubs can dramatically increase the beauty of front yard landscaping. They give a soft and fresh look to any place, while also defining the yard's boundaries. As well, they help to provide a great deal of privacy. Solar lights help to add a decorative touch as well as sufficient lighting during the evening hours. As well as being very decorative, they are also very cost effective.
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