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Great landscaping can transform the appearance of your house. Considering that, according to Gallup studies, landscaping can add up to 15% to a home’s value, it’s certainly a transformation worth investing in.

Early spring is a great time to get started on landscaping. Plant nurseries have a ton of affordable selections available, and an early start will give your plants time to take root and fill out before summer hits. If you’re interested in doing the landscaping yourself, the process can feel intimidating at first. With a few tips, though, you should be on the right road to having a beautiful yard in no time at all.

Several Tips for Early Spring Landscaping

  • Get to know your garden’s composition and the plants that would best suit it. You might really want to grow pumpkins, for example, but they’re aggressive plants that need a lot of growing room — they won’t be ideal for small garden patches. It’s important to know how much space, water, and light each plant needs so that you can place it accordingly.
  • Did you know that many landscaping suppliers offer organic soil options? This can be a great option for families looking to reduce their exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers. For a natural fertilizer solution, grind up eggshells and mix them with your soil.
  • Don’t plant until frost is no longer a risk. If you want to get started right away, keep all your early spring gardening supplies in a corner of the garage. Frost causes crystals to form in plant cells, killing them.

Easy Landscaping Designs

  • It’s a good idea to have a cohesive plan laid out for landscaping, rather than plunking down plants and stones willy-nilly. Websites like Better Homes and Gardens have a variety of free landscape plans available that you can download.
  • Many landscape beginners tend to focus on shrubs, trees and plants, while ignoring every other aspect of landscaping. Details like rocks, gravel, ponds and sculptures can be prized and grounding parts of your overall landscaping, so look at the big picture. Decorative sand and stones are also useful in drier climates as a way to save on water costs.
  • Create a paved path through your garden in order to encourage strolls. It’s a good idea to have areas of focus that draw the eyes around your home, as well.

Use our material calculator on the right to see how much topsoil or mulch you’ll need. Order here or call us at (301) 500-2200 or (703) 828-1609.