often update or refresh the interior of their homes by
changing paint color or furniture, but the design of
your lawn probably doesn’t receive your attention that
not? Adding new plants, reshaping existing ones or
changing the color of your planters can be just as
simple as buying a new throw pillow.
landscaping is always evolving, whether it’s seasonal
or just maturation. That perfect look you once had may
be slightly off balance thanks to the tree that grew too
tall or the bush that didn’t survive the last
windstorm. Plus, your attitude about your landscape can
your lawn overdue for a change?
List member Linda C. and her husband felt the front yard
of their ranch home in Newark, Del., was completely
found I could spend an afternoon doing yard work, and
the yard still looked pretty much the same … just ‘blah,’"
couple embarked on a landscaping project with the goal
of creating a private outdoor summer "room,"
complete with a curved stone landscaping wall, a tree
canopy as the "roof" and a bird garden. Those
big changes continue to lead to small ones.
success of the wall project has encouraged and inspired
me to continue working on improving our bird garden and
patio," Linda says.
when’s a good time to assess the look of your lawn?
Try to take a hard look at your landscape plan at least
every five to 10 years.
Woodhead, president of Woody’s Custom Landscaping in
Battle Ground, Wash., says most landscapes need changing
over the years. A landscape that was installed 10 years
ago, for instance, may not suit your landscaping needs
points out that perhaps your children have outgrown that
backyard play area, or maybe you desire a more inviting
space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors with friends
the components of your landscape are living (and
hopefully growing) things, it’s important to keep an
eye on the overall balance.
Anderson, administrator of plant health care at
Heartwood Tree Service in Charlotte, N.C., likes to
contrast the components of your lawn to your living room
your couch becomes older it probably won’t be getting
larger and encroaching upon other parts of your home,
but your trees and shrubs definitely can, he says.
adds that mature plant size, placement and the intent of
design are paramount when choosing trees and shrubs.
if I have to redo my landscaping from scratch?
says completely changing your landscape design is a good
thing and something you shouldn’t be afraid to do.
Why, he asks, should a homeowner nurse along an old
decrepit azalea, when it can be replaced by one of the
times, however, you may not have a choice when it comes
to changing your landscaping.
List member Jerrod N., of Indianapolis, recently endured
the unfortunate event of having a sewer line collapse,
which meant a large part of his front yard had to be dug
up in order to install a new line.
it was great to have the plumbing fixed, the front yard
was left in disarray.
large part of our yard was disturbed, and we had to wait
for the ground to settle through the winter before we
could begin this next phase of restoring our yard,"
and his family settled on having pea gravel installed in
the patio area because the ground had still not
completely settled. It may be not have been his initial
intent, but a homeowner should expect a yard to throw a
it’s smart to be ready to roll — and change — with