Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.
So, you've decided to give your lawn a makeover. The best thing you can do to ensure great results is to hire a landscape architect. However, for homeowners who already have somewhat of a "green thumb," it may be tempting to take on a landscape design project on your own. If this is the case, there are a few things you'll want to know before you get started.
DO Consider Losing the Grass
A lush, green lawn can be an attractive feature for any yard, but did you know that grass is among the most wasteful plants you can have on your property? Not only does it require a great deal of water, but it also becomes easily contaminated with waste run-off. Not to mention, there's the issue of keeping it mowed and fertilized! Consider doing something more with your lawn, such as mulching alongside walkways and around trees. Mulch is relatively low maintenance, doesn't harm the environment, and adds a great contrast to your yard. Other options to consider instead of grass include soil for a flower bed or even crushed rocks for a new walkway.
DO Stick to One Palette
One of the biggest mistakes often made by beginning landscapers is that of adding every single plant or flower that tickles their fancy. Often times, the end result is a garden or yard that looks completely out of sync, lacks flow, and fails to achieve that peace and serenity that so many people aim for when giving their lawns a makeover. Instead, by sticking to just one palette when selecting your plants and flowers, you'll end up with much more balanced and beautiful results. In other words, select plants that would grow side-by-side in nature.
DON'T Underestimate Size
Finally, don't forget to consider what your plants and flowers will look like and how much space they'll take up when they reach maturity--especially if they'll be planted within a raised bed or planter. This is especially important if you plan on adding trees or shrubs to your property, as the root structures on these can grow significantly and can dominate the landscape. Always allow for a little extra room than you think you'll need between plants, just to be safe.
By keeping these important dos and don'ts in mind as you plan your landscape makeover, you'll be on your way to a beautiful lawn in no time. Just be sure to contact a professional if you run into snags along the way.Share