Homeowner landscaping questions pop up whether you’re a first time homeowner, own a fixer-upper or just want to freshen up your landscape using new ideas.
Smart landscapers realize there are many components all interwoven to creating a landscaped masterpiece. Missing any key component in the overall design scheme can mean and you could end up spending more time and money than your planned.
Here are some common homeowner landscaping questions and answers to help make your design planning a little easier.
Do Plants have an Environmental Impact?
The short answer is “yes”. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and hydrogen fluoride from the air and give back oxygen.
Besides releasing oxygen into our atmosphere, the roots, soil and plant leaves also contribute to cleaning the air.
The more trees and plants you can add to your yard, the more of an environmental impact your landscape will make. While the landscaping of a single property doesn’t seem like much, in aggregate with other properties does make a positive impact on the environment.
What does Hardscape Mean?
A hardscape or hardscaping is anything included in your overall landscape that is not a “living” element like you would find in plants, trees, shrubs or grass.
Hardscape items can be the concrete in your driveway, a brick barbeque, a wood deck, stone pavers or an iron trellis just to name a few.
I Just Bought a Home – Why Should I Landscape?
You’ve undoubtedly have heard the phrase “curb appeal”. This refers to how your home and surrounding lot are viewed aesthetically. Landscaping your home not only contributes to your home’s value but also to that of the subdivision or neighborhood where you live.
If you are located in a master planned community, there are likely community covenants and regulations that dictate the minimum standard permitted for landscaping; and can also define the acceptable plant and tree palettes allowed to be planted.
If you are selling your home, your landscaping is the first thing any prospective buyers will see when they visit your property. A well landscaped yard can increase your property value by as much as 15%.
On the flip side, a home with no “curb appeal” will lose valuable opportunities for a home sale when the realtor drives by your’s to the well-groomed properties down the road.
What’s the Difference between Annuals and Perennials?
Plant species referred to as “annuals” are those that only live for about one year. If you like a certain species of “annual”, you will need to purchase these plants every year for your yard to maintain your look.
The “perennial” species of plants are those that come back year after year. These you will usually cut back after the growing season sometime in the fall and then they will come back up in the spring.
What are Critical Landscape Issues I Should Know About?
The single most important asset tied to your landscaping is your home. Since you’ve made a sizeable investment you will want to make sure it’s well protected.
Your landscaping should not have any trees with large limbs close to your roof line which could potentially cause severe damage in a nasty storm.
You won’t want to have trees with a large root base close to your home so it undermines your foundation. If you are on a septic system, you will want the roots to stay clear of that as well.
The second critical issue in landscaping is drainage. You need to make sure that all water drains away from your home’s foundation and not toward it. For this reason, it’s also not a good idea to plant too close to your home.
If you have gutters or downspouts, ensure you have splash blocks or a way to shed water from your roof so it drains away from your foundation.
Will I Hurt My Grass if I Don’t Mow Often?
Not only will regularly scheduled mowing contribute to your curb appeal, but it will also stimulate the healthy growth of your grass and improve its lushness…just remember how good you look with a haircut!
Aerating your lawn and fertilizing it periodically will also contribute to a rich, lush appearance and a strong healthy grass or turf.
How is a Drip Irrigation System Different from a Sprinkler System?
A drip system consists of rubber tubing that has holes at certain intervals where the water will come out. Drip lines are generally buried in plant beds, tree bases or a near shrubs and out of the way of foot traffic.
Unlike lawn sprinklers that spray, first into the air before being absorbed into the ground; drip lines are close to the root system, require less water and promote water conservation. Drip systems are not suited covering grass or sod watering.
How Many Types of Soils are there?
There are three basic types of soils. The particular type you may have is often based on your geographic location. The three types are clay, sand and loam.
Loamy soils are the best for landscaping because it combines equal parts of clay, sand and silt which is good for planting and irrigation. Working with sand and clay soils are more difficult to irrigate.
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