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Have a coherent walkway.

As you plan your walkways follow natural access walkway patterns. Failure to observe this will force children or pets to carve out their own paths. Opting for a simple straight path is the shortest and most affordable option that makes sense. Only set up steps or jogs when you are forced to. If possible, blend in the practicality of your walkway with its visual appeal. This can be achieved by ensuring that it maintains a fixed width of 36 inches. However, you can extend it to 45 inches to permit those walking together. Alternatively, you can create an illusion of wider or narrower distance by widening one end. Any barriers such as the fence, walls or hedges must be 2 feet away to allow room for anyone walking to swing their arms or carry packages without feeling crowded. To make it more interesting, brick patterns or aggregated textures can be applied too. Other materials such as slate, brick pavers, or tiles are equally effective.


The outside access

Street scaping is great for the exterior view and property value. The wonderful view from the street gives the homeowner a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Real estate experts concur that a beautiful yard can raise your home property value significantly. As you plan for your front yard, start by identifying any bias. Think about the view of the yard as you look from inside the house. Secondly, consider the view from outside the street. Ask yourself whether your house blends with others nearby, or is it distinct. Point out all potential virtues and shortcomings of the designs you have in mind. This information is the perfect guide when deciding what is to be planted in the front yard – it can be shrubs, trees, lawns, flowers, or ground covers. There are also structural needs for instance – drive walks, edgings, steps, and fences.


Plant structures

The main architectural features on your yard design remain permanent and expensive. All this can be simply planned in stages. At first, focus on the driveway. Then proceed to the walks. Eventually, move to the porch then the fence. You must then decide on the materials best suited for the landscape. It’s always easier to install plants. Shrubs, trees and ground covers will rise in size and will require regular maintenance. You are at liberty to fix in edible plants though they might demand some effort when harvesting. The lawn consumes a lot of time, energy and equipment when landscaping. In areas receiving inadequate rainfall, it might be best to opt for lawn alternatives to conserve water and fossil fuels.


The old assumption that the front yard is exclusively for the public while the backyard remains a domain for the family is sometimes broken. You might want to have a cool front yard during summer. Ensure that the vegetation you plant is in line with what you expect of them during the seasons. Having that in check, you can erect a small wall or fence to give a little privacy.