Landscaping your yard and making it look great from the street can seem difficult if you live in a dry, arid climate. You do have to consider different kinds of plants and vegetation to plant in the beds, and a lot of the hardscape may need to be a little different, but with a little research, you can really make your landscaping stand out. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Selecting Plant types
The very first thing to consider is the type of plants that you will use in your landscaping. You want to look for hearty plants that thrive in hot environments and are native to the area you live in. This will help you achieve a natural look and feel to the landscape, but allow you to pick the plants that you like best. If you are unsure what will survive in your area, talk to a local nursery about desert-friendly plants and see what they can suggest.
Designing Your Landscape
When you start to plan out your landscape, take a look at the area and try to plan it out so that it look natural. You will have to consider water runoff, plant placement, and any hardscape that you intend to include as well. If the landscaping looks like it was there before your home was, you are on the right track. It doesn't have to take over the entire yard either, so keep the scale in mind as you plan out your project.
Adding a Hardscape
When you start to design your hardscape, try to keep a nice flow to any paths or walls that you include. Rock walls can be a great option if the area is naturally rocky. If you are including rocks, try to bring in some natural rock from around your home and local area so it blends in and creates the look you want. Remember that it is easy to overdo the hardscape too, so try and mimic what you find in the natural environment if possible.
Creating a Water Feature
Water features make a great addition to any landscape project, but if you live in an arid environment, too much water may really seem out of place. Don't be afraid to dial back the pressure on the system and create a trickle of water rather than a gushing stream. If you don't care about a natural look, then you could create just about any kind of water feature you desire, but if you have regular water restrictions in your area, you might not be able to run it anyway. Looking into the regulations are best before you spend a lot of time and money creating something for your project.
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