Typically, the front yard is the first thing people see when they visit or pass a home, and it truly can set the tone for the rest of the house. When it comes to landscaping and design, the backyard is often where the attention is focused, but the front yard shouldn’t be overlooked.
The curb appeal of a home can be a major factor in resale value, and so sprucing up the front of your house not only makes it look great, but can also be a solid investment. We’ve put together 5 landscaping ideas for instant curb appeal, to help you you make your front yard a functional, enjoyable and beautiful outdoor space.
1. A Luscious Lawn
A lush, healthy lawn is almost always essential to a font yard that looks fresh and polished. Not all front yards have lawns, but for those that do, it never looks good to have an overgrown, brown, or uneven patchy lawn. Simply fixing up your front grass can do wonders for the curb appeal of your home.
If you are considering sprucing up your front lawn with fresh grass, it’s always a good idea to research which turfs are most suitable for your local area. It doesn’t matter if you are rolling out turf or spreading a new seed, there a wide varieties of grass suitable to withstand all climates. And while some areas may have very little rainfall or restrictions with watering, keeping it green may still be achievable. If you live in a dry area, choose a hardy, drought resistant variety such as Buffalo or Bermuda. If you’re looking for something extremely low maintenance consider artificial grass. A good grass supplier will have the knowledge to help you choose something perfect for you.
2. Get Creative with Paving
Unique paving and brickwork is one of few key components of the ideal front yard landscape. Hard scaping can be utilised in so many different ways to add a gorgeous and functional visual element to any out door space. There are so many options for the direction you can take with your paving, as well as so many materials. Rocks, pavers, bricks, stones and slates can all be implemented beautifully. A path is the perfect way to add functionality to a space while also creating visual interest. Have it trapesing through the garden, going from the side walk to your front door or as a connection to your driveway. When planning a pathway, always consider the way people would naturally move throughout the space, and as an additional tip, use your own strides as step space if you’re adding a stepping stone type pathway.
3. Add a Water Feature
We’ve all seen those breathtaking backyards with fish swimming in amongst lilies in a pond, or water trickling from a water fall. But why limit beautiful water features to your backyard? Adding a water feature to your front yard is a great way to add visual interest and introduce a calming atmosphere. Mini waterfalls, fountains and ponds can be the perfect addition to a front yard. Flowing water provides a peaceful ambiance to any outdoor space, and is a great way to attract wildlife such as local frogs, dragonflies and birds.
4. Use Plants for Colour
It’s always great to have a focal area in any outdoor space, something to draw the eye and add some visual interest, and an area of bold colour can be just what’s needed. Using plants with colourful leaves or flowers is a perfect way to introduce that much needed pop of colour into a yard. To make things easier when it comes to plant maintenance, try adding the focal plants in large glazed pots. Potted plants are less labour intensive than in-ground plants, and they allow you to enjoy the invasive types that would otherwise takeover the garden. The plant pot itself can be used as a decorative component, with an extensive variety of colours, shapes, sizes and finishes to choose from.
5. Keep it Maintainable
Even if you’ve got a green thumb and love gardening and everything it comes with, it’s important that your garden is kept to require a realistic level of maintenance. If you can’t leave the garden alone for a week away without it falling to pieces, it may be too high maintenance for even the fondest of home gardeners. If you’re sprucing up your yard in order to sell your house, this point is particularly important. A garden which requires extensive maintenance may be the breaking point for a lot of buyers. So rather than creating a garden that appeals largely to yourself, think of the everyday person. The most important aspects of the gardening are keeping things alive and keeping things tidy, go for hardier plants that don’t drop a lot of foliage.
If you’re looking to re-do your front yard, contact us today about our landscaping services in Perth!