Knowing Your Geography When Planning a Landscape Project

Home Frontyard LandscapeLandscaping your property is an important part of keeping everything looking beautiful and even to drive up the value of your land.  Some of the most beautiful homes on television that you’ve likely seen features different landscaping styles and you might have thought about using some of the plants and other items in your next project.  This is an excellent idea and that can help you get great looking results in your landscape that you can enjoy for years.

However, one potential problem is that certain plants will only do well in specific climates. Plants for sale are often labeled with the details about which geographic zones  they will thrive best in.  Following these guidelines can really help ensure all your plants will do well year after year.  Some plants might grow well in your area during the summer but die in the winter because they are not used to a harsh cold weather.  Without proper planning, you can end up losing hundreds of dollar worth of plants in a year.

One nice thing about choosing plants is that you will have a wide variety of option. There are thousands of different species that you can choose from depending on your landscaping needs.  If you like a particular plant which you later learn is not going to do well in your region; you can often find one that looks similar but will thrive in your area.  Don’t hesitate to ask a gardener or landscaping expert in your town for advice on which plants will do well and which won’t.

With a little extra work and research upfront, you can avoid planting anything that won’t be able to survive the particular climate in which you live.  If you are an experienced gardener, however, you may be able to successfully plant some things which are not ideally suited for your region and stillbe able to make these plants grow well.  Just make sure to follow any tips included with the plants or do some online research to see what you can do to make your plants stay alive and healthy.

If you do happen to choose plants which aren’t ideally suited for your region, there are some things you can do to help improve their odds for survival.  First, try to emulate the region they are from.  If, for example, you are planting something that is from a very hot and sunny area, make sure to put it in a spot which gets as much sun as possible.  For plants from very wet regions, give them daily water to help them survive.


Here are some of the best ways to locate the best landscape locations around your home:

  • Home Area. Take a measurement of the entire vacant area you want to use for the landscape project. This will help determine what plants to use and the kind of materials to buy for constructing a home garden.
  • Work Around A Focal Point. A good garden should have a focal point. You can start working on your garden at this point and around it. This will serve as your guideline on where to plant and where to end the planting.
  • Check Your Driveway Size. Some homeowners want to create a driveway landscape but fail to check the size of their driveway. As a result, they tend to overcrowd it with the wrong plants or get some unnecessary materials built.

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