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Front Yard Landscaping for Beginners

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Your front yard is the perfect place to plan an attractive landscaping project to impress neighbors and visitors. The best part is that you don't need a lot of money to transform your front yard into something spectacular.

The front yard of your home is a prime place to test out a variety of landscaping ideas. If you are looking to spruce up your home before a sale or you'd like to win the next homeowners-association award, combining a little creativity and a couple Saturdays worth of work will help you do both. Here are some ideas for planning a front yard landscaping project.

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Front Yard Landscaping: Planning

  • Yard Size. The size of your front yard will dictate whether you can have larger landscaping projects, such as islands or trees. You should find out the square yardage of your front yard first.
  • Terrain. The terrain of your front yard includes the type of grass you have; the natural elevations; and existing trees, shrubbery and bushes that might have an effect on your plans.
  • Your Budget. Make sure you choose a front-yard landscaping design you can complete with the resources you have. An unfinished project is never attractive.

Now that you have an idea of the initial thoughts to put into your front yard planning, let's take a look at some of the more popular projects homeowners choose to complete. These are fairly simple ideas that are inexpensive and attractive. For specific details on each project, contact a home improvement center or landscaping professional.

Front-Yard Landscaping: Ideas

  • Pine-Straw Island. A pine-straw island is a great way to reduce the cutting area of your lawn and give a home to plants, shrubs and flowers.
  • Boundary Island. A boundary island along the side of your house is a perfect place to plant English boxwoods or another type of greenery.
  • Pond. Pond kits bring the element of water to your front-yard landscaping.

With the right front yard landscaping project, you could be the envy of your neighborhood.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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