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Practical Landscaping Ideas for New Homeowners

Aug 12, 2008
When you move into a new home, you want a lawn that is as beautiful as your new home. Every homeowner has a different idea of what makes up a beautiful lawn. It is important for a new homeowner to work with their landscaper to help create the most practical landscape for their purposes. What would work for one family could be simply disastrous for another. A lawn is a serious commitment and your lawn needs to be tended to at least several times a week if not every day most of the time.

To achieve a beautiful lawn, a new homeowner should consider exactly what landscaping has appealed to them. Perhaps they have seen landscaping in their neighbors' yards that they like a great deal. Alternatively, something from the home they used to live in appeals to them. Brainstorm and make a list of these ideal suggestions to bring to your landscaper. While not every suggestion may be practical, having this list can be a great starting point. Your landscaper can make suggestions as they realize that you like box trimmed hedges or that you want fully-grown maple trees. The landscapers want you to be happy with the lawn that you create.

The first decision to make is about the maintenance of your lawn. Some families decide to do their own yard work and others choose to have a landscaping crew do their maintenance. Sometimes this all comes down to a time issue: with many dual-career couples, there can often be little time to do yard chores. Alternatively, sometimes yard chores can be difficult for a couple to do. When one of the family members suffers from hay fever or pollen allergies, it can make great sense to hire a landscaping crew to do your yard chores for you on a weekly basis. Having this dependable crew working for you means that your lawn, trees, bushes and flowers will be taken care of in every season. That your leaves will be raked in the fall and that the snow will be shoveled in the wintertime.

Creating a beautiful landscape for the new homeowner takes input from every family member. Your landscape designer will need to know exactly what you intend to use your lawn for. Some families do a lot of socializing or entertaining on their lawn. These families would want an area for a barbecue or grill and a patio table with chairs. Some families might even want a hot tub or a pool installed. Each of these decisions would affect your landscaping. Families with young children might desire playground equipment like swing sets, sandboxes and slides. These are popular items for children under twelve and can make play dates at home even more fun. A landscape designer can create a lawn that can suit each member of your family with ease.

Another factor to consider when creating a landscape for a new homeowner is the family budget. Some families have a "the sky is the limit" type of budget. Other families will have an exact dollar amount. Other families may have a more open mind about their budget. Each of these families can achieve a beautiful lawn, but certain decisions will need to be made. Some types of grass, plants and flowers can be more expensive than others. Some plants and foliage also need more maintenance than others, and each of these choices will need to be considered when keeping a family's budget well in mind.

Timing is also a key factor for any landscaping ideas. Some families are more patient about having their lawn being created over time. They don't mind watching tiny trees grow up into mighty oaks (or maples) over time, just as their children grow into teens. However, some families prefer to have plants, trees and foliage that is more mature. They want a lawn that does not look as if it was just planted. Every customer can be accommodated, it is simply best to understand their needs before pressing forward with an idea. Knowing your customer's preference about timing, and when they would like their lawn to appear completed is important for this project.

A home's landscaping very much becomes a big part of the home itself. The tree that stands so close to the doorway welcomes visitors that enter the door. The flowering bushes are a way that makes your home stand out from the others on the block. With some planning and thinking, your home can have beautiful landscaping!
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