If you’d like to leran a thing or two about lawn and landscape, you might pick up a book titled “Home Landscaping” by the good folks over at Better Homes and Gardens. This is a pretty good book for the niche of landscaping or the niche of lawn maintenance. Included is an excerpt, below, to give you some idea:
The front yard
Putting a pretty face on your property by landscaping your front yard makes a good sense. The front yard is the face your house turns to the world, and everyone likes to make a good impression.
A beautiful front yard welcomes you home with style, reflecting your sense of beauty and satisfying your need for harmony. It provides spaces to showcase features like flower beds and borders, a beautiful wall, an interesting flagstone walkway, and even pols and water plants. And it adds value to your property should it come time to sell. Real estate agents estimate handsome landscaping can boost the value of a property by as much as a third.
The typical front yard contains considerable unused and wasted space. Often a high-maintenance turf lawn starts as the street and runs to the front of a house that rises from a border of evergreen shrubbery. If you want to use the lawn as a place to relax and read the paper, play badminton, or practice chipping golf balls, you do it in full view of everyone in the neighborhood. The front yard often provides little privacy, interest, and value. Instead, it is a place of work, a vast expanse that needs to be mowerd and trimmed again and again throughout the summer.
On the following pages, we’ll suggest ways you can gain some privacy, show you how to add interest to your yard, and assess your front yard’s value as a place you and your family can use and enjoy.
Fences and Walls
Nothing enhances privacy more than a fence with a gated entrance. One of the prettiest entrances can be created by raining “New Dawn”–a well-behaved, semidouble rambling rose of softest blush pink–over trellised archway above a garden gate.
Not every home and front yard should be fenced, but its an option to consider. Fencing a front yard provides security, keeps pets and children from roaming the neighborhood, supports climbing and flowering plants such as roses and clematis, and provides a backdrop for beds of perennial and annual flowering plants around its perimeter.