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Next, you’ll want to define where your gardens will go. Pay attention to which areas of your yard get sunshine — and when. If you’re planning a small vegetable garden, for example, you’ll need to pick an area of the yard that gets at least a few hours of sunlight per day.
You may want to consider having your soil tested — this can tell you what kind of nutrients you’ll have to incorporate to build a successful garden. If you’re someone who struggles to keep plants alive — a soil test may give you the tools needed to turn it around.
Your last step should be to do your planting. You don’t want your tiny buds and saplings getting damaged or trampled while you’re adding your hardscaping.
What kind of greenery?
Lawns require a lot of resources to keep healthy. If you want a lush green space, it takes a lot of water — and you can’t always count on the elements to provide it. Some municipalities will allow you to set up a rain barrel or grey water system to utilize recycled water to take care of the yard — so for some of you, this could be a reasonable solution.
In place of a sprawling lawn, install landscape beds that feature local, low-maintenance perennials and shrubs. These can provide just as much curb appeal as a bright, green lawn but comes with a fraction of the water usage.
Ivy can look beautiful on a home but I’m not a fan of it. Why? As the vines creep up the home, it can cause damage to your roof, gutters or windows. It can eventually grow underneath elements such as your shingles or siding and start pulling them away from the home. Then you’ve created the perfect weak point for moisture penetration. It’s not good.