Purchasing a new home is always an adventure, whether it’s a new home or an existing home. It gives you the opportunity to get creative and put your own touch on both the inside and outside of your home. Once all the boxes are unpacked, most homeowners begin looking around their new home to take stock of what needs updating, repairing or designing. This is the perfect time to assess the garden, lack of a garden or landscaping.
Every new home purchase is different, and every home is going to come with a different garden set up so keep these things in mind when taking inventory or creating garden beds from scratch.
Here are a few tips for New Home Landscaping
Before the Move
Before moving into your new home, ask the previous owners for an inventory of the plants, shrubs and landscaping they have. If there is a well maintained garden or landscaping already in place, chances are pretty good the homeowner will have at least a mental running list of plants they have added over the years and the types of gardens planted. This is especially helpful if you move in during fall or winter, when plants are no longer growing.
Check Existing Structures
Before changing anything look over your new property to determine if everything is in working condition, is stable, drains properly or is in disrepair. Trees that show signs of death, gutter drains that create waterlogged zones, or broken trellises should all be dealt with before any planting or designing is done.
Observe Your Yard
Whether you have an existing garden in place already or your new home is without any gardens. Spend a day watching the different areas of your yard to determine the amount of sun exposure, wind exposure and other issues like foot traffic. You do not have to stand outside all day watching the lawn, but make sure to do a morning check, afternoon, and late afternoon. This will help you determine when full sun and shade plants should be placed.
Check For Hazards Before Digging
Before doing any digging to plant trees, shrubs or garden structures, check with utility and city officials to make sure that you are not in danger of digging up any lines. If you are the owner of a septic tank, it is also important to avoid gardening over any areas that need to be accessed regularly.
Garden for the Future
Setting up a new home is a big undertaking, and the same goes for the garden. Try to do things in small projects, even if it means going a season without having a mature garden set up. If there is a lot of landscaping with a lot of maintenance involved, focus on cleaning, clearing and establishing tidy beds that are ready for planting next year. Tidy beds and bright touches of annuals or potted plants make a big impact and are better than half finished flower beds.