If you’re wondering where to start a landscaping transformation, look no farther than the front yard. It’s the first thing anyone sees and provides that curb appeal you want your guests or passersby see. One important thing to remember is that no matter how great your landscaping is, it must be functional.

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Hardscape First

It’s important to do all of the hardscaping projects before you plant anything. This can include a sidewalk, porch, driveway, parking areas, decks, fencing and more. These types of projects can, and most likely will impact your soil and lawn as it involves construction. You don’t want construction equipment to ruin your newly planted shrubs!

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Take Care of the Soil

When it’s time to plant, give your soil a boost by adding organic matter like peat moss or leaf mold before you set the plants into their new home. Loose, fertile soil will encourage root growth on new plantings and allot them to become established quickly.

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Plant Next to your House

Your foundation planting should embrace your house, not cover it. Low-growing shrubs should be planted in front of low windows and porches. Larger rounded shrubs or even small trees work well planted on the corners of a home. These larger plants will help compliment the box-like structure.

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Head to the Back

Your backyard is the perfect space for an outdoor living area. If you need some privacy, install wooden fencing or large shrubs around the perimeter to create walls. Additionally, decks and patios make for great sitting or dining areas when the upstate New York weather permits.

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What do you Want, What do you Need

Think about the available space you have. If you have a sunny backyard you might consider putting in a kitchen garden where you can grow a few herbs or veggies. Just make sure the area you choose receives several hours of sun. What about kids? Do you need a children’s play area? If the answer is yes, position it where you can see it from your deck or patio to keep an eye on the kids playing.

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Choose the Right Plants

Before planting anything, study your landscape. See where the sun rises and sets. Some plants love the morning sun but don’t do well with the evening sun. Be sure to talk to your local garden center about the plants you would like to plant.

Planning out your landscaping in both the front yard and backyard is important. Many people however forget the maintenance part. To keep a beautiful landscape it must be maintained. Mulch makes landscaping looked finished but it also helps soil retain moisture and keeps weeds in check. Once you’ve finished the hard work, be sure to keep it looking great!