Before you decide to plant a front yard garden in your landscaping plans, you may want to make sure that you have the best terrain for the job. Of course, pretty much any sort of planting you want to do, you can find something that can either adapt or works with the existing set up, weather patterns, shade issues and drainage, so, do a little digging and you can find the best plants to use in your front yard landscaping.
Being able to check shade and sunlight levels, as well as what sort you may want near the foundation of your house. You have to be careful that you do not plant anything with an extensive root system or roots that when at full maturity would cause damage to the foundation itself.
This is usually a problem because many people don't anticipate plant growth, only basing their estimates off of the size of the plant at time of purchase. So, if you do mean to line your foundation with shrubs or other plants, it is always best to be sure that you are fully aware of how large they may grow to, upon full maturity. Another thing to consider with that is that some foundations will actually leach lime- this can cause the plants around that area to droop and be unhealthy and not look their best. This can usually be easily circumvented with some organic material to fight the alkaline- or extra soil. A good mulch or topsoil can generally do the trick here, but it must be well blended with the existing soil to make sure that it is offsetting the alkaline nature of the issue.
One of the other tips that many people don't often hear is about watering those plants near the front of the home, or those close to the home itself. You have to be careful to plant only plants that need a minimal amount of water as flooding them, or having to give plants that need a great deal of water can often cause constant dampness, which can encourage mold. This can also be problematic when considering sidewalks and driveways as some plant alongside these concrete fixtures without considering root systems can really cause a great deal of damage to both of those things.
Cracks and plants growing up through them are a common sight and can sometimes cause thousands of dollars in damages and repairs that will need to be done. Careful placement again is key to not only beautifying your yard, but making sure you're not causing long term damage.
The overall look of your front lawn is going to be the determining factor that most look to when they check out your landscaping, so, this is also usually an area where many get a little carried away. Making sure that you are doing things in a smart and well thought out way can lead to a much more beautiful lawn that does not cause you problems to your home.