When it comes to curb appeal, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Front-of-home landscaping is one of them. But if you’re looking in dismay at the handful of shrubs your builder dropped in, or realizing that you’ve never really done much to your front yard to begin with, it’s worth thinking through your options. A great front yard is about so much more than a nice lawn. Today, the landscaping professionals here at Harris Landscape Construction are sharing best practices for landscaping the front of your home.
Planning for Front Landscaping
Planning is key for any landscaping project, and the front yard is no exception. Well-executed landscaping will account for both the style and size of your home, how it sits on the property, how much sunlight the property gets, and what can be done to enhance it all with plantings and hardscape features. It can feel like a lot, so let’s break it down.
- Begin with a focal point. Generally, the focal point in the front yard will be your front door. Think about what can be done to frame and highlight the front door, whether it’s specific plantings or an intentional pathway from the driveway. Color, texture and a mix of height in your plantings add interest and can direct the eye from the street to the door.
- Be mindful of the overall aesthetic. Your landscaping should be harmonious with your home’s architecture. In other words, you want it to look like it belongs. Traditional homes tend to benefit from traditional landscaping elements, which tend to use repetitive patterns and symmetry for a design that’s pleasing to the eye. If you have a more modern design, planting patterns and hardscaping elements with clean lines are a good fit.
- Don’t overlook the driveway. These features tend to take up quite a bit of space in your front yard. If you aren’t planning to tear out the existing concrete, consider dressing it up with a paver or stone liner.
- Think seasonally. Great landscaping will stay interesting all year long. You can accomplish that with trees and shrubs that will offer texture or color during different seasons. Think flowering trees, shrubs that offer bright seasonal color, and evergreens.
As it happens, autumn is a great time of year to begin thinking about landscaping. If you’d like to make changes to your landscaping in 2024, this is the time to contact companies. Here at Harris Landscape Construction in Reno, we’re happy to answer your questions about our services, which include landscape design and architecture. Contact us today, and let’s talk about what can be done to improve your home’s curb appeal with front yard landscaping that makes an immediate impact.