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Planning the Landscaping For Your New Home's Yard

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By : Jamie Mathwig    99 or more times read
It is often the case when you buy a new home that the yard is far from what you would consider ideal to the requirements your family has. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are planning what sort of landscaping to do for your new yard, beyond what everyone else has on your block though.

One of the biggest considerations for landscaping a yard should be taking into account what type of climate you live in. It is all well and good to desire a yard full of banana trees but if you live in a cold climate, then this might not be the best choice. Likewise, if youíve always dreamed about having a lush green expanse of lawn, but live in Death Valley, you could easily plan a yard that will take less maintenance than that would require.

Another important consideration to take into account is the type of terrain and soil type your property has. If your yard is very steep, it is best if you donít have to trim grass or weed flower beds on the slope; try to choose plants that can survive well without outside interference. If your yard has marshy soil, you can plant water-loving plants or increase the drainage around the perimeter of your home or yard.

A vital consideration for your landscaping is also the requirements that your family has for your yard. A family with small children will have need of safe play areas and can benefit from a well-fenced yard. A family with dogs might benefit from a fence or a built-in dog run with an included shelter area so that the family pooches can spend time safely outdoors when the family is at work. If you have pets or children, you will also want to ensure that you donít have any toxic plants in your yard that they might accidentally eat.

One way that many home owners work with their area to create an easy to take care of yard is by using native plants. With the current trends in landscaping for non-invasive species, it can be relatively easy to find nurseries and landscaping companies that specialize in native plants. The benefits of native species are many, but most importantly these plants are accustomed to the type of weather that your area experiences and so will not require a lot of maintenance or watering.

No matter which type of landscaping that you choose for your yard, by making sure that you take you and your familyís needs into account, you can be sure to come up with a solution that works well for your new yard.
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