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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

5 Residential Landscaping Tips For Those Planning To Age In Place

If you're like many of those who are planning on aging in place in your current home, you probably already know that it's wise to make necessary renovations before you actually need them. That way, they'll be in place when the time comes. For instance, you may have already gotten started on having non-slip flooring installed in the bathrooms and kitchen of your home for the purpose of minimizing slip-and-fall accidents and other renovations designed to provide a safer aging-in-place experience. However, you may not have taken similar desirable adjustments regarding your home exterior into account. When designing an outdoor living space for aging in place, it's essential to find that precise balance between low-effort residential landscaping maintenance, aesthetics, and functionality. 

Install a Ground-Level Patio

Slip-and-fall accidents often occur on steps leading too or from a patio, so consider installing a ground-level patio to minimize these types of mishaps. For an extra layer of protection, the patio itself should feature a nonslip surface. You can accomplish this with one simple step — a layer of silica sand on top of concrete sealer while it's still wet will provide the necessary traction. After the sand has been distributed, all you have to do is apply a final layer of sealant.

Install Ground Level Lighting Next to Walkways 

Ground level lighting next to walkways eliminates the visibility issues created by overhead lighting because it doesn't cast shadows. There are many solar-powered ground level lighting products available that will light your pathway after the sun goes down but won't raise your electric bill. 

Install Raised Beds

Whether you prefer growing flowers, vegetables, or a bit of both, raised beds take the backaches out of gardening. As an added bonus, they're difficult for common garden pests such as snails and slugs to access.  Minimize Overall Lawn Space  Minimizing lawn space provides an excellent way to decrease residential landscape maintenance tasks — most homeowners spend more time cultivating a lush, green lawn than on any other outdoor living space chore. Consider expanding your patio, adding that rock garden you've always wanted, or putting in a playground area for the grandchildren.

Plant Low Maintenance Plants

Low maintenance trees, shrubs, and flowers save time, effort, and money, and they usually maintain their appeal even when they've been a bit neglected. Native plants are often the best choice because they're already acclimated to your region's climate and soil conditions.  Your local landscape maintenance company can provide you with more information on creating a customized landscape designed to meet your individual needs and preferences for aging in place.