These days, a lot of people invest in landscaping their yard. After all, the front yard of your house is the first thing people see when they visit. Your house's façade gives your guests the first impression of your home.
Are you looking for modern front yard ideas for your garden? Don't know how to start beautifying your lawn? I've got four ideas to help you get started.
•Front yard shrubs: One of the easiest ways to decorate the front of your house is through shrubbery. I don't mean those trimmed and manicured bushes you see in English manor houses. There are a lot of kinds of shrubbery you can choose from. For my home, I chose to use dill shrubs to line the pavement leading to my door. This way, I not only get to have great shrubbery, but herbs to cook with too!
•Paving: I always wanted to have one of those cobblestone walkways leading to my door. Now, I have one! Paving is a good way to decorate your lawn. You can choose brick, limestone or cobblestones.
•Flowers: Flowers will always add beauty to your yard. Plant vibrant ones that will bloom brightly in the summer. You can also plant both perennials and annuals, so you'll be sure you'll have blooms in the spring and the summer.
•Lights: Another modern yard idea is putting lamps or lanterns around the yard. For a more artsy feel, you can even put Japanese lanterns on the trees in your yard. Lights always make spaces look extra magical.
Hopefully, with these four tips, you'll be on your way to having a house façade that you can be proud of.
All gardens benefit from careful planning and design. Modern gardens are seen as outdoor rooms and have to fulfill many functions. When designing your garden you should have a plan of how you want your garden to look.
When designing your garden it is always a good idea to measure and then draw a plan of your existing garden. This should include the house, boundaries, shrubs, services such as water, electricity, gas, sewerage and telephone cables. It is best to use graph paper and choose a scale such as 1cm equal 1metre. Try to draw everything in the plan as close to scale as possible. Trees should be drawn as circles showing the width of the canopy and a small dot or circle in the centre for the trunk. Note where the midday sun appears and indicate the position of features such as shaded areas, suntraps, slopes, damp areas and existing vegetation.
Decide what you want from your garden and make a list of any essential features such as a vegetable plot, a path or a shed. Then draw up a wish list of things you would like to have - a water feature, a climbing rose, an apple tree, and then arrange them in order of preference.
Once you have a base plan of your garden, and you know what you want, place a piece of tracing paper over it and draw another plan with all unwanted plants and structures removed. On this sheet you can also divide up your garden into different areas. There are three main areas - the part of the garden that can be seen, such as the front garden, the service part of the garden which would contain things like bins, washing lines and compost heap; and the private area. This is the most important space, as here you will want to spend time relaxing and entertaining family and friends.
You should consider how much time you want to spend in the garden. Some people are happy to spend every spare hour tending their plot, while others have neither the time nor the inclination for this. If you are of the latter type you might want to avoid high maintenance features such as lawns and a vegetable garden may not be a good idea for you. On the other hand don't just avoid something because it sounds complicated. Many aspects of organic gardening, such as no-dig systems and mulching will actually save you time.