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Tips To Keep Your Yard Attractive By Installing And Maintaining The Landscaping

by Cherly King

Your home's appearance is adversely affected by a neglected yard with overrun vegetation. Keeping your lawn mowed regularly and free of weeds, and planting attractive landscaping and shading trees will all help the appearance of your property. Here are some tips to help you install and maintain attractive landscaping to improve and boost the appearance of your yard.

Fight Weed Growth

The first step to planting attractive landscaping is to prevent weed growth, which can overrun and make your vegetation ugly. Install a weed barrier over the soil, leaving spaces cut out where you will plant your vegetation.

A weed barrier is a great tool to help stop weeds from growing. A barrier over the soil prevents moisture, oxygen, and sunlight from reaching to the soil and promoting the growth of weeds and also prevents weed seeds from reaching the soil.

Boost Soil Health

Once you have installed your weed barrier, it is helpful to spread mulch over the surface of the barrier. Using a mulch gives your landscaped areas a rich and uniform appearance and can add nutrients back into the soil. Mulch spread around your plants will begin to break down and decompose, adding nutrients directly into the soil around your vegetation. This is important as your landscaping plants pull nutrients from the soil as they grow and mature and it needs to be replaced.

Select Your Vegetation

The vegetation you plant in your landscaped areas of your yard will affect its appearance and also the number of insects you have in your yard. First, choose the vegetation and flowers based on the type of plant they are. By selecting a mixture of perennials and annuals, you won't have to replant everything each spring, but you will be able to choose new plants to build your landscaping a bit differently each year.

As an example of building your landscaping each spring, select some perennial bushes, grasses, and flowers to fill in the back and side areas of your landscaping to re-emerge each spring. Then, select flowers and other vegetation that are annuals and will only live for one season, planting them to fill in the spaces. Then, next spring you can choose different annuals to plant, especially if there was one you preferred over others you have planted. Annual flowers you enjoyed, you can harvest seeds at the end of the summer to save and replant in the spring.

You can also choose flowers and other vegetation that have insect-repellent qualities, such as marigolds, tansies, nasturtiums, and petunias. Chives are an attractive plant that repels aphids and Japanese beetles and will sprout purple blooms to boost the attractiveness of your landscaping.