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Front Yard Landscaping for the Holidays

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Front Yard Landscaping for All Four Seasons

Most people enjoy their front yards during spring, summer, and fall. Green grass, blooming flowers, and leafy trees provide a picturesque scene. Autumn brings its own spectrum of dazzling colors. That same front yard can be a holiday winter wonderland if you put some thought into the trees you choose for landscaping.

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Holiday Lights Aglow

A nighttime drive during the holiday season offers a great chance to see the array of beautifully decorated homes and yards. The yards often include an evergreen tree strung with festive lighting. Evergreen trees are attractive year round, but with holiday lights they become magical.

What to Plant and Where to Plant It

Consider several factors before you decide on a tree and where to plant it.

  1. Location. Some evergreen trees eventually reach great heights and as they grow their base can become quite large. They need a lot of room to grow without restriction.
  2. Drainage. Evergreen trees have varying watering requirements. Look at your front yard and how the water will drain from the planting area. Research your preferred evergreen type and its watering needs.
  3. Sunlight. All evergreens need adequate sunlight to maintain a full shape. Any portion blocked from sunlight does not have full branches.
  4. Obstacles. An evergreen's roots do not grow past obstacles like driveways, sidewalks, and building footers, and as an evergreen ages it needs a good root system to support it.

There are many types of evergreen to consider, including:

  • White, Blue, or Norway Spruce
  • Scotch, Virginia, or Eastern White Pine
  • Balsam Fir
  • Eastern Red Cedar

Front yard landscaping with evergreens can provide a beautiful setting for every season, and become radiant during the holidays.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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