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4 Things to Know about Designing Your Yard

GardeningWhen you’re having a custom home built for you, one of the most common mistakes new homeowners make is to cut corners on the landscaping. Even the most beautiful home can have its curb appeal severely limited if the landscaping doesn’t match the scope of the house. Here are four things you should consider when you’re planning the areas surrounding your new home:

1. Don’t overdo it. If you put too much landscaping in your yard, it can overwhelm your home. Select a variety of trees and shrubs that are appropriate for the climate and weather patterns of your region, and that have a nice physical appearance that complements your home’s lines and color scheme.

2. Always have a plan. Don’t try to landscape without a plan. You need to first come up with ideas for how you want your yard to look and how its different parts will work together to form a cohesive whole. Will you have an area specific to grilling? Are you planning to keep dogs or other animals? Where will the heavy walking traffic be? These are all things you need to consider when designing your yard.

3. Add variety. It’s true that “variety is the spice of life.” Don’t plant too much of the same thing, and mix and match different vegetation that is complementary. Also consider blooming cycles and color variations, and plant so that you’ll have coverage and visual interest year-round.

4. Grass is expensive. Don’t spend your entire budget on just grass. For those on a limited budget, many landscaping professionals suggest opting for a less expensive version of grass to begin, then “dressing up” the house up with attractive shrubs and low maintenance perennials.

All Southstar Communities have homeowners associations in place to enforce yard regulations and guidelines appropriate to the level of the neighborhood and region. Sensible restrictions prevent those with questionable taste from placing offensive or distasteful objects in their yards. Every home in your neighborhood represents a substantial investment, both in money and in time, and Southstar Communities assists its neighborhood associations to ensure that all homes are beautiful and complement one another.