Landscaping a New Construction Home
One of the great joys of building a new home is the opportunity to bring your own vision to life when it comes to every aspect of the house and landscape. New construction really leaves you with a blank slate when it comes to your landscaping.Of course, to make the most of your space, you must think of how you want your yard to look now and in the future. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Start Planning Early
In order for you to make the most of your yard, you need to start planning early. If you put it off, your untended dirt lot could be taken over by weeds by next season. In addition, you will want to account for seasonal changes in sunlight and other factors that might impact where you plant. Survey your land and learn about its strengths and weaknesses while you create your plan.
Build Hard Fixtures
Whether you’re adding a deck or you have a plan for built-in planters, the best time to have them installed is before your live plants arrive. Make sure that you have any soil amendments done at this stage as well, and pick up mulch or garden fabric if necessary.
The more building out you do at this stage, the less grass seed or sod you will need to buy in the next step. If you plan on having a sandbox or play area for the kids, make sure that is framed out as well.
Figure Out Ground Cover
Deciding whether to sod or seed your lawn is a big debate. Sodding will give you instant results but definitely comes at a cost. If sod is not properly cared for, it may not take. You will still need seed or another solution to fill in any holes. If you haven’t budgeted for this yet, now is the time to start exploring what your lawn will cost you.Aside from sod and seed, many homeowners are choosing alternative ground cover options these days which include less water-intensive plants, as well as some xeriscaping. You can mix and match as needed to create a look you love.
Think About Walkways
If you have your yard partitioned into outdoor living space and play areas, you may want to add designated walkways to protect your new grass. If not, the sod could be damaged, or you could wear a path down to the dirt where the seed will never take.Pavers come in a variety of colors and styles to match the look of your new construction outside your home. Installing walkways also makes it easier to keep your yard manicured and neat in the future by providing visual boundaries.
Hire a Professional
While most people feel comfortable maintaining a landscape that has already been established, the early stages of planting and nurturing can be a real challenge. If you are unsure of your ability to care for sapling trees and new sod, it is always best to hire a professional. Otherwise, all your hard earned money could go right out the window when your plants start to suffer. A professional landscaping team can see your yard through the toughest parts of the first growth year and ensure that your plants are properly prepared for the winter months if necessary.
To learn more about landscaping with new construction, contact Whitworth Builders today. We can put you in touch with knowledgeable landscape designers who can bring your ideas to life with the best plants for your region and yard space. You don’t want to wait too long after you move in to get started on your landscaping.