When spring arrives, homeowners start thinking about the style and appearance of their landscaping. And it’s no surprise why. Just take a drive down your street and look around.
In springtime, the homeowners who have well-designed and maintained yards can’t help but stand out from the crowd. They have flowers blooming in well-defined flowerbeds, stone edging to set off trees and bushes, lighting illuminating their pathways, and other decorative features that look beautiful and inviting.
But if your Tulsa landscaping isn’t quite where you want it to be, this can be the year you level up and invest in boosting the look of your outdoor spaces. Here are 8 steps you can take to get the lovely, easy-to-maintain landscaping design of your dreams this spring.
1. Prepare for planting
Dead plants, overgrown bushes, trees so old they’re about to fall over… all of these things can detract from your home’s beauty. Spring is a perfect time to clean up and prepare your outdoor spaces for fresh, new growth.
- Dig up and get rid of dead plants, such as last year’s annuals.
- Get rid of any plants you don’t want, to make space for what you do want.
- Add fertilizer, then lay down mulch to preserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from growing.
2. Use native plants
Want your lawn and landscaping to be easy to maintain? Then make use of grasses, trees and flowers that are native to your climate and soil. Remember:
- Exotic plants from other regions involve more upkeep and can even be invasive, taking over all your other landscaping.
- Plants that grow naturally in Oklahoma are more likely to thrive, even in our weather’s rainy springs and dry summers.
3. Install decorative edging features
One secret that professional landscapers never forget is this: Design matters! Features like decorative pavers, edging, and stone walls can all add depth, texture, and character to your home—as well as helping your landscaping’s focal points stand out.
- Install stonework in key areas of your landscaping to enjoy a polished appearance.
- Think curves instead of straight lines. Curved edging around flower beds helps them stand out, while also adding elegance that boxy right angles just can’t match.
- Decorative features are permanent and will keep your landscaping looking attractive even at times of year when plants aren’t blooming.
4. Choose variety
The human eye appreciates a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. So, find ways to incorporate diversity into your Tulsa landscaping.
- By using plants that bloom at different times, your outdoor spaces can pop with colors and leaves for months.
- Use plants that grow to different heights—mixing ground cover, flowers, and bushes to create a nice variety.
5. Install outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting offers many advantages, all of which help homeowners enhance both the curb appeal and safety of their property.
- Lighting features can illuminate paths and driveways, making it easier for you and your guests to walk in the dark.
- Outdoor lights can brighten and beautify porches, patios, and decks.
- Lighting calls attention to your treasured landscaping and home exterior features, adding an extra burst of style.
6. Install pergolas
To add even more appeal and dimension to your landscaping, consider installing features like pergolas. These attractive wooden decorative features offer great advantages.
- Pergolas set off an outdoor space from the rest of your home and lawn, creating an area that is intimate and inviting.
- Pergolas are simple to install and care for, giving you a beautiful look without a lot of maintenance.
- They are great for climbing vines, roses, wisteria and decorations like lanterns and twinkle lights that add a touch of magical beauty to your outdoor spaces.
7. Go waterless
Tulsa weather is often dry at many times of the year, and many plants and grass need a lot of water. One way to avoid large water bills and frequent plant replacement is to invest in xeriscaping—a collection of techniques that help save water:
- Install low-moisture plants—a pro landscaper or gardener can tell you which plants do well in dry Tulsa summers and winters.
- Use crushed stone to add texture and beauty to your yard.
- Cover soil with mulch, which lessens weed growth and allows your plants to make the most of any moisture.
8. Invest in a professional design
A well-designed landscape can do so much to make your home stand out as the star of its neighborhood. Consider the long-term pleasure you’ll receive from a landscaping design that looks stunning from year to year. This is where working with a professional landscaper can add a lot of value:
- Creative designs—Pros are experienced at creating a beautiful, unique look for a home’s landscape.
- Expert knowledge—Pro landscapers know which plants do well in Tulsa soil, how to combine them for maximum effect, where hardscaping features will have the most impact, and more. They make it easy to decide how to design your outdoor spaces.
- More than just plants—Pros understand the value of combining a wide variety of landscaping features—from grass and flowers to lighting, lawn decorations, and xeriscaping.
Beautify Your Tulsa Home with Professional Landscaping This Spring
It’s such a great feeling to have your neighbors and friends stopping by to tell you how beautiful your landscaping looks. At ProActive Landscaping, we believe Tulsa area homeowners deserve outdoor spaces for enjoying time with family and friends. And we believe in making your landscaping easy to maintain.
When you need advice on plant replacements, assistance with lighting and hardscaping, or a full update to your landscaping with creative design ideas, we will help you enjoy the landscaping of your dreams. We’ll:
- Visit your property free-of-charge to see it firsthand
- Listen to your ideas, answer your questions, and suggest a variety of features to beautify your Tulsa landscaping
- Create a mock-up so you can visualize your landscaping and finetune it before any investments are made in materials
Getting started on the landscaping of your dreams is easy. Simply contact us for a free consultation and estimate today.