A beautiful yard is a treat to the eyes. Remember the four seasons and plant so each season has its own special design. Plants should have their own space in your yard.
- The front yard will look bigger if you plant flower beds on a diagonal from the far corner of the house.
- If you plant trees in front of the picture window your yard will look shortened.
- If there are large areas full of mature junipers, you can do topiary work on them and leave a decorative border.
- By planting broad-leaf evergreens and perennial beds, you will have all season decorative garden.
- Plant bright colored plants near your home and soft colored plants at a distance so there will be depth in the yard.
- Do not plant trees with huge root systems close to the house as it can cause a lot of damage to your home.
- Make sure you keep your lawn well fertilized and use moss killer.
Source: My family landscaped for 20 years.
By Bev from Chilliwack
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