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3 MORE Things to Know about Designing Your Yard

Yesterday we discussed 4 things to know about designing your yard that should factor into your plans as you design your new home’s landscaping. Today we’ll add three more:

1. Don’t allow ivy or other vegetation to climb your home. Creeping vegetation can do serious damage to your home, essentially ripping it apart over time. Although ivy is often considered an attractive option for ground cover, in temperate climes it also provides an ideal habitat for snakes. The natural growth pattern of ivy is invasive. Once it gets established, there’s no stopping it; it can cover windows, gutters, and roofs, essentially swallowing the appearance of a home.

2. Don’t plant trees too close to the house. With a new home, it’s tempting to plant trees close by to add visual interest and to break up the space. But little trees grow. Not only can they eventually tower over your home, visually disrupting its lines, large trees of course occasionally drop branches, which can cause serious damage to your roof—even jeopardize your home’s structural integrity. At the same time, those huge trees are doing damage underground, as their roots work their way underneath your home’s foundation, lifting and cracking it, and breaking through water lines.

3. Plant in layers. What this means is that you should create a series of appealing visual “fields”: bushes behind, flowers in front, and smaller shrubs in between. Not only do smaller plants need to be accessible to the sun, but you’re wasting your investment in them if larger plants surrounding them swallow them up visually. Keep bushes neatly trimmed and maintained, and establish plant beds in a thick layer of pine nuggets or pine straw to retain appropriate moisture and conserve water.

Southstar Communities would be delighted to work with you as you design your yard. We’ll even help you find an appropriate landscaper to meet your specific needs. Landscaping can cost thousands of dollars, so you want to make sure that you hire someone with experience and integrity. Established landscapers will be able to show you homes and yards comparable to yours that they helped design and execute.