There are many things that a homeowner’s association can do in order to make the common areas of their developments look nice. Landscaping is necessary, but tends to be costly if a solid plan isn’t in place. In order to get the most out of your landscaping dollars, consider one or more of these suggestions.
1) Choose Native Plants
Rather than choose plants that simply look nice, pick ones that are native to the area. Native plants will require less care in the long run, because they’re already acclimated to the climate. On top of this, they’re less likely to die should the weather take a drastic turn. There’s nothing wrong with choosing non-exotic varieties.
2) Have Some Bulbs Planted
Flowers that grow from bulbs are extremely easy to care for. All that your landscapers need to do is plant the bulbs and prune away the dead leaves after the flowers bloom. There are bulb-based flowers that bloom in the spring, summer, and even the fall, ensuring that you’ll have some colorful additions to your garden throughout most of the year.
3) Pick Perennials Instead of Annuals
Your favorite flowers might be annuals, but it makes more sense to choose perennials. What’s the difference? Annuals die off once the weather gets cold. They’ll need to be removed from the ground and new flowers will need to be planted the next year. Perennials will keep growing year after year. They do need a little TLC in order to survive the winter, but they’re much less expensive in the long run.
4) Choose Your Planting Areas Wisely
It’s safe to say that you want your development to look nice. However, you need to think about where each plant is going to go. For example, you don’t want to put large shrubs near walkways. They’ll require more pruning in order to keep them from covering the sidewalk, and may present a safety hazard. Pick the correct plants for each area.
5) Don’t Forget About Shrubs
Some well-kept shrubs can make the common areas of your housing development look nice year after year. If you pick varieties that grow slowly, they’ll require less pruning. On top of this, there are some that change colors in the fall, just like the trees. For the best results, include some evergreens in the mix. They’ll look particularly festive in the winter.
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