Those who have a knack for all things DIY have at some point felt the urge to spruce up their front yard, but perhaps haven’t had the slightest idea how to go about doing so. This is either because they have no idea what to add or change, or they have so many ideas they can’t decide on one.
That’s where we come in. We’ve put together this short guide to help get those creative juices flowing. And if you need any more ideas, take a look at the Ideas 4 Landscaping website. But for now, let’s get going with some easy landscaping ideas for front of house.
Easy Landscaping Ideas
Here are some simple, easy, and effective landscaping ideas for the front of your house that anyone of any skill level can accomplish.
Build a Pathway
If you have a particularly lush garden or yard, laying down a stone pathway is an excellent way to break up the space and add some interest to it. This is one of the easiest landscaping projects to do, as well.
All you need to do is dig out a few inches of dirt in the shape and direction you want the pathway, then lay down some stones in the new space. The stones don’t need to be in any sort of pattern or shape. In fact, asymmetrical stones usually look the most beautiful.
If you have a front yard with sections that are separated by bare soil, adding some pathways is not only aesthetically pleasing but practical as well. This is also one of the easiest landscaping ideas and is super cheap as well.
Most people like to use reclaimed wooden pallets and cut them into different sizes. You could also use stones or pebbles scattered close together to make the pathway even more interesting.
Add a Greenery Garland
Adding a hung greenery garland to the porch of your home is a great way to blend the yard and the house together, creating a unique seamlessness. These garlands can be found at most florists in varying lengths, sizes, and plant variety.
Add a Flower Bed Border
Perhaps the cheapest and easiest landscaping idea out there, adding a border to your flower bed/s, helps break up the yard in a unique way. It creates a separation that is pleasing to the eye and can also help with garden maintenance in general.
You won’t need many supplies for this one either. You can use bricks, stones, pebbles, or any other earthy object you want, to instantly pretty up your flower beds.
Create a Water Feature
It’s quite rare to find a property that has a pond or stream in it. Luckily, creating and installing your own custom water feature is inexpensive, and does wonders for the aesthetic of your front yard.
There are plenty of tutorials on the internet to help you create a custom water feature. Some of the most popular ideas include using an old iron teapot, an old whiskey barrel, or even large, old pottery and cookware. The possibilities are endless.
Get Plenty of Evergreens
As we all know, evergreens retain their color all year round and are generally quite vibrant and pretty. While perfectly cut and manicured lawns can look pretty, having lots of shrubs, bushes, and trees of varying sizes throughout your yard can make it feel like a wonderland.
For even more DIY landscaping ideas, be sure to check out the Ideas 4 Landscaping site.
Why Landscape in the First Place?
There are plenty of reasons to landscape your front yard yourself. First of all, there is an aesthetic value that comes with it. Many yards tend to consist of just a large bed of grass, and then a few plants scattered here and there.
Adding some of the features we mentioned above will add some much-needed visual interest to your lawn. They can really make your space feel like a home rather than just a house.
You’d be surprised as to how much the value of your property can increase just by adding some of these simple features. The joy value is the measure of satisfaction and enjoyment that one receives from being on a property that is visually interesting and appealing.
There is, of course, the monetary value that is to be gained should you ever decide to sell your property. Most folks want a property that looks different than all the others on the street, and landscaping is the best way to achieve this.
When to DIY and When to Call a Landscaper
There are a lot of benefits to hiring a landscaper to help with your landscaping, but it is often unnecessary for a few reasons.
If the project is quite small and requires little to no hard landscaping, then a professional landscaper is not necessary. If you have a smaller lawn or a small section of your lawn that needs a garden, DIY landscaping jobs can be quite rewarding.
You should always start by getting ideas from both the internet and other sources like friends or magazines, then design and install the project by yourself, or with family members. The extra hands always help.
If you are completely remodeling your garden, or are creating an entirely new one, you should call a professional landscaper. Landscapers use their experience and knowledge to ensure that the project is done properly the first time around.
Start Small, Then Expand
While it may be very tempting to take on a full DIY garden renovation project, starting small is generally much more beneficial.
You are able to explore ideas to find what you like and what you don’t like. And your likelihood of success is greater if you start small, which brings satisfaction and motivation for more significant projects.
It’s also fun to watch your yard grow (no pun intended) from what it was to what it will become, each time you add another DIY element. The end result is super-satisfying, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when it’s all done.
Whether you’re adding a small water feature or planting an entire evergreen bed, DIY landscaping projects provide a unique sense of satisfaction and visual appeal to your yard. We hope that this guide has given you some inspiration to get out there and get going. Happy DIY-ing!