If you’re building a new home, or just purchased a fixer-upper, you might be facing some big decisions about your yard. It can be tempting to go the “simple” route, put down a carpet of grass, add a few of your favorite shrubs, and be done with the whole thing. But you won’t achieve a very attractive result that way, and you could be missing out on an opportunity to add value to your home. There are several reasons that a more varied landscaping design is recommended for any yard.

Insurance against disease. Let’s say that you’ve chosen a plant that you love… and you’ve placed it all over your yard. If those plants fall victim to a fungus or some other pestilence, you could be left with a barren landscape. Variety helps to ensure that most of your landscaping survives such a problem. This is especially important to consider when choosing trees.

Conditions vary throughout your yard. Some spots in your yard are completely sunny, while others may be partially shaded. Planting a variety of plants helps you to take advantage of ideal growing conditions for each species.

Keep your yard looking great all year. The foliage and blooms of individual plants will vary throughout the year, per season. If you only plant one or two things, your yard will only look good for part of the year but will fall flat for other seasons. A wide variety of plant species keeps your yard attractive throughout different seasons.

It just looks better! A more varied landscaping design produces a more beautiful result. Since landscaping adds curb appeal and dollar value to your property, it makes sense to invest in trees, shrubs, flower beds, and so on.

Remember, a varied landscape doesn’t have to equal hours of maintenance. If you’re worried about upkeep, give us a call, and we can recommend low-maintenance landscaping options. We can also help you select hardy plants from our nursery, and offer expert advice on placement in your yard.

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