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Creating An Inviting Yard

I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

3 Basic Types Of Landscaping Services You Will Need For Your New Home

by Addison Washington

If you are in the process of building a new house, your contractor is likely to handle all the steps in the process; however, the landscaping of your yard might not be included. If you are responsible for your own landscaping, you might want to hire a company for help. While you do not have to complete every task in the entire yard right away, there are three important things you will need to do, and your landscaping company can help you with this.

Plant Grass Seed

Grass is the most common yard filler for homes, but growing grass is not always a simple task. One important thing to know about grass is that it is best to plant the seed at certain times of the year. Fall is typically the best season for planting grass seed, but spring is also a good time. Planting grass seed in the heat of summer or in the dead of winter are both bad options because grass does not grow well in the winter and the hot sun can kill grass easily in the summer.

Before you can even plant your grass seed, though, your yard must be ready. When a contractor builds a house, there is typically a lot of excavation work that must be done. This work is needed to dig the hole for the house and to remove trees and brush from the lot. After this is complete, the contractor will need to smooth out the yard so it is even. If your contractor has not yet done this, you cannot plant grass seed.

Section Off Garden Areas

Another step you should take right away with your landscaping is sectioning off garden areas in your yard, and this should actually be completed before planting grass seed. There will be areas in your yard that do not contain grass. Instead, these areas might contain flowers, shrubs, mulch, or rocks. These areas are often found right up against a house, and they separate the house from the grassy yard, and you will need to determine exactly where you want these areas to be.

When you make this decision, you can have the landscaping company separate these areas. This is something that can be completed with rubber landscaping sectioning material, or you could use paving stones or other types of items. It's important to make sure there is some type of material separating the garden areas from the yard.

After this is complete, you can plant your grass seed. You do not have to fill in the garden areas with shrubs, flowers, or other items right now if you are not sure what you want. You could actually wait to do this until next year or until you move into the house and decide what you would like.

Install Walking Paths

If you do not have a sidewalk from the front of your home to the back, you may want to add some type of walking area for people to use to get to your back yard, and a landscaping company could also help you with this. There are a variety of different ways to create a walking path, including using stepping stones. If you want to create a path with stepping stones, you should have this completed around the same time as you plant the grass seed. This will help establish a clear path, and it will be easier to install if you are not fighting with existing grass.

Landscaping is not something that is always included in your contract when building a new home, yet it is an important part of a house.