So you’ve found the ideal home for you and your loved ones to grow inside – congratulations! It’s gorgeous, with a stunning exterior, and a beautiful interior with just the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Everything is perfect – except when you walk past the window and see the barren yard outside.
Landscaping. Yes, we can feel you wince every time you catch a glimpse of your yard’s lack of colour, vegetation, and character. You need landscaping that will match your new home, and how you feel about it – brand new, energized, and fit for your standards.
Landscaping for your new yard
Landscaping is about more than just updating the look of your yard. It’s about creating an outdoor living space you can be happy to spend time in and proud to show off to neighbours, friends and family.
It’s also worth it to get ahead of beautifying your property because there are some bylaws that specifically prohibit ugly yards – like the Unsightly Property Bylaw, which is designed to keep neighbourhood yards free of unsightly factors.
The time has come to add your finishing touches to that bleak yard outside. But wait, before you haul off and start landscaping your yard, sit down and have a bit of a think. It will save you in the long run.
New home landscaping considerations
There are five major things to consider when looking at landscaping for your new yard:
1. Consider your needs
Everyone wants something different from their yard. Some people want a pond and a garden, while some people want a yard their dog won’t tear to pieces. Whether you’re the type to spend hours trimming plants and mowing the lawn, or more the type that prefers to hire someone to tend the yard and relax – or, perhaps you simply prefer low maintenance options, like minimal lawn and trees, with mostly hardscaping. – you should mould your yard into what will serve you best. Otherwise, instead of becoming an oasis, it might become a ball and chain.
2. Consider your yard
Measure your yard’s size, determine what your property can fit, and figure out what would look best in the space you have. Water features and pergolas are gorgeous, but if your yard is too small, they could end up looking bulky and clog up what little space you have. A few well-placed trees and shrubs could spruce up a smaller yard if this is the case. Regardless, make sure your yard can handle whatever you’re dreaming up.
3. Consider your budget
Dreams are great, but if you bite off more than you can chew, the results can bring you down, fast. Instead, determine what you can afford on your yard and create a budget to help keep you on track. After all, a half-finished backyard can look worse than nothing at all.
4. Make a plan
Properly done, landscaping happens in stages. First, the hardscape features are installed such as pathways, decks, lighting, pools, fountains, and the like. Then the softscaping, like plant life, trees and grass will bring everything to life. It can be difficult to stay patient, especially when you want your yard to become an oasis overnight. But with a well-thought, intelligent plan, you will save money in the long run, on everything from materials to installation, helping you to create the yard you’ve always wanted – one that will match your beautiful new home.
5. Talk with the professionals
Infinity has a team of landscaping experts who love to flip drab, lifeless yards on their heads and turn them into masterpieces. If you want some professional help or some expert advice, we’d be happy to talk shop with you about your new yard. Stop by our shop, or give us a call today and get that new yard to match your beautiful new home ASAP!