20 Landscaping Ideas for your Front Yard
20 Landscaping Ideas for your Front Yard
The first step to starting any landscaping project is to get ideas of the concepts you like and dislike. And if you’re looking for front yard landscaping ideas, then look no further. We’ve compiled twenty ideas to get you started so you can begin the landscaping process.
Stairways & Retaining Walls
Although stairways don’t always work for everyone’s property, when you need them, it’s worth getting it done right. Deteriorating stairs not only detract from your curb appeal but can also be a severe safety hazard. While there are many options to choose from, below we’ve highlighted some stairs built from stones and pavers. Unlike cement or wood, stone steps automatically add a classic look to your property and will last for many years.
When adding stairs to your front door, consider adding retaining walls and landings like the one we installed below. In this case, the retaining walls opened up room for more parking in their driveway and gave an area for decorative gardens to be planted in an otherwise unused area of their lawn.
There are many ways you can add stairs to the front of your home. These stairs below highlight a perfect example of how offsetting your stairs can add an accent to the architecture and design of your home. Retaining walls and garden beds can also emphasize your home and can be better than having an unwanted slope in your front yard.
Drought Resistant Plants & Rain Gardens
For areas that get a high amount of sun, drought-resistant plants are your answer. These low-maintenance plants are perfect for garden beds and look nice all season long.
Rain gardens are an eco-friendly landscaping idea for your front yard that helps keep the water clean and provide native habitat for butterflies and birds. These gardens are built to temporarily hold water and reduce water runoff to keep the water clean. Pro Tip: If you decide to install a rain garden in your yard, check with your city and see if they offer a grant to help fund the costs of your rain garden.
Mulch is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your landscaping every spring. It can be used in a variety of different ways and is very affordable. With a variety of different mulches available, it’s easy to get your desired look. (For more information on mulch, read our post on How to Keep Landscaping Fresh with Landscape Mulch.)
Different types of mulch can add texture and layer to an otherwise boring area of your yard. The image below is a great example of how you can add both stone mulch and dark organic mulch to one landscaping area.
If you have an area where grass won’t grow or you are a gardener at heart, organic mulch is a great way to transform a boring front yard. Shrubs, bushes, or even a hosta garden benefit from the water retention capabilities that mulch provides.
Surrounding your trees with a border of mulch is not only appealing for your front yard but it is also functional! Mulching trees helps your tree roots stay cool in hot weather, helps prevent soil erosion, and keeps weeds at bay. And all this means less water is needed to keep your tree healthy.
Stone Walkways & High Traffic Areas
For high traffic areas, or areas that grass is hard to grow, stone walkways are a great solution. These can be added around your existing lawn, or surrounded by mulch and plants.
Landscaping for Every Season
When planning landscaping ideas for your front yard in Minnesota it’s important to remember that we have four distinct seasons. Planning your landscaping for just the summer can be a big mistake when winter comes.
Luckily, there are some great options to consider when picking your landscaping plants for the seasons. For instance, in the fall, consider what color that the leaves will be and how that can accent your home and existing landscaping. In Minnesota, Autumn Blaze Red Maple trees are a popular tree that turns bright red in the fall.
Don’t forget about the winter! Coniferous trees and shrubs (aka evergreen) are a great way to keep your landscaping looking nice in the winter.
Consider all Your Angles
Before you start your front yard landscaping, don’t forget to consider your existing landscaping and how that will fit in with your new landscaping. When you hire a landscaping expert, they can help you gather a site inventory to identify certain spaces and their functions.
Borders & Edging
A house that has no borders or edging around can look unfinished. Especially for new builds, houses that have edging added to them instantly add curb appeal and can specific accent areas of your landscaping.
Edging and borders can be done in a variety of ways: mulch, plants, rocks, and pavers are just a few of the ways you can add decorative borders to your landscaping. Shaped evergreen borders can add an excellent accent to a walkway and also help separate certain areas of your garden beds.
Keep in mind that landscaping takes time to mature. Unless there’s a very extensive overplanting process, you can plan on your landscaping taking at least 2 years to mature. With that said, even adding a minimal amount of landscaping to a property can make a big impact.
Borders can be added to almost any area of your property but in some cases, they can actually be functional. During the winter, the salt from Minnesota streets can pile up on your lawn or curb strip between the sidewalk and street killing the grass. If this is a consistent problem for you, consider adding a decorative border or garden area to your property where dead areas are unavoidable.
As an added aesthetic value to your home, natural ponds, waterfalls, birdbaths, or fountains are all different types of water features that can be added to the landscaping in your front yard. While these types of features won’t necessarily increase the value of your home, they are an investment that most people install for their own personal enjoyment. In fact, an article written by Psychology Today noted that installing a water feature can help with reducing stress!
When planning landscaping ideas for your front yard, one of the biggest statements you can make is with lighting. Lighting can instantly transform your yard after dusk and help make your property safer at night. For instance, walkway lighting can be positioned in a way to illuminate your paths creating a safe walkway and nighttime ambiance.
Lighting doesn’t always have to be functional. In fact, adding lighting to your garden beds or in front of your trees can create a dramatic look that is perfect for entertaining in the summer.
Last but not least are decorative garden beds that can be added almost anywhere in your yard! For a simple garden bed consider adding rock mulch, low maintenance plants, and landscape lighting.
For the gardener at heart, selecting plants with a variety of flowers and foliage can add an impressive look to your yard. Alternating annuals and perennials in these garden beds can keep flowers and color vibrant all year long.
If these landscaping ideas for your front yard are the first step in getting your landscaping completed then what’s the next step? Give us a call today and we can offer you a free quote and help get your project started today!
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