Different Yard Strategies


Your house may stop at the front door, but your property doesn’t. What you do with the remainder of your lot plays an important part in the overall look of your house. There is more than one way to go about planning your yard, and this article briefly looks at three different strategies.

1. The Traditional Grass Lawn

Most suburban houses boast immaculate green lawns. This staple of North American living is non-negotiable for some, but keeping that lawn perfectly manicured can be a lot of work. Larger plots of grass may require a lot of extra effort to keep maintained.

Consider what type of climate you live in?

Some climates are definitely better suited to growing the beautiful bluegrass you see in commercials than others. If not, consider native types of grasses that are available. Also, be sure to the methods of watering your grass if you are in an area prone to droughts. Additional care, such as mowing, aerating, and fertilizing your lawn can be done by professionals.

2. Grassless Landscaped Yard

A great alternative to grass in a smaller lot is to add stone, gravel, and garden bed features to your lawn. This route involves more initial planning, but can result in easier upkeep. In a small lot with a high fence, a meticulously landscaped grassless yard can almost appear an extension of the home, rather than a distinct outdoor space.

3. Wild Yard

While only really an option in more remote areas, letting your yard stay wild is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of your new home. This requires minimal upkeep, primarily in the form of clearing away underbrush if you live in a forested area and removing hazardous plants such as stinging nettles or poison ivy.

Of course, you can incorporate features from any or all of these three approaches into your own lawn. Make sure you use the natural features of your lot to your advantage, and never discount the effect a great yard can have on making a fantastic home.