Having an aesthetically pleasing home takes more than just a couple of interior upgrades and replacing the storm drains. These all mean nothing if you have a yard and it looks like it hasn’t been tended to in years. Landscaping your front yard is just as important as the rest of your remodeling projects, and according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, you should be putting at least 10 percent of your home’s total value into the landscaping upgrades and maintenance.

In turn, when it comes time to selling your home, improving the landscape alone could increase the total value of your home by 20 percent.

So, once you’ve decided to remodel your front yard, unless you’re an experienced landscaper who has the means to do this kind of project, you’re going to need some help from professionals.

Working together with the team of professionals, you’ll be able to make your yard dreams come to life in ways you never thought possible. It’s always nice to have an idea in mind of what you want, no matter how small the detail.

Here are a few things to consider when planning out your dream yard.

  • The size of your yard. Are you able to achieve the upgrades that you want without making it look cluttered and messy?
  • Your lifestyle. Do you have children who love using the space for activities? Are you able to provide the necessary maintenance once the upgrades are installed?
  • The climate. Some plants will not thrive in certain conditions, so if you’re planning on sprucing up your yard with some greenery, research plants that do well in your community and choose those over the ones that will only last for a week or two at best.

To help you get started, here are a few ideas to incorporate into your design:

  • Walkways
  • Trees to provide shade
  • Planters
  • Shrubbery
  • Ponds/Fountains
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Vegetable garden

You’re not limited to these options of course. A reputable landscaper and designer will have many more suggestions based on your budget, lifestyle, and the overall size of your yard.