Landscaping Plans to Suit Your Manufactured Home
Effective, functional and attractive landscaping will have a positive impact on the appearance of your home. There are various factors that come into play when you are deciding what type of landscaping to do. You’ll want to consider things such as what type of landscaping will complement your manufactured home, whether you own the land or are renting it and how close in proximity it is to your neighbors. Your budget is also a factor to consider when you are planning your landscape design.
Planning Your Design
You can give your manufactured home a customized look by creating a unique landscape design that complements the style of home you have chosen. Before you rush out and buy lots of plants, shrubs, and garden art, take time to devise a plan that is reasonable for your budget and appropriate for the lawn space you have. You will also want to consider some of the following factors when designing your landscape:
- the amount of sunlight or shade your lawn is exposed to
- what type of drainage your lawn has
- what type of plants and flowers you like
- whether you want annuals or perennials in your flower beds
- how much time you have to devote to lawn and garden maintenance
Unifying Your Design
You can create a unified landscape design by using the same hardscape material throughout the design. Hardscape material is the rocks, stones, pebbles or brick you use to designate specific areas. It is often used along the front of a house and to create pathways. Using the same type of mulch also creates a unified design.
Choosing Plants and Shrubs
If you plan to put shrubs along the front of your home, it’s best to choose low growing shrubs. Many of those adorable shrubs you see at the local garden center will need to be trimmed regularly so that they do not grow high enough to cover the windows on the front side of your home. If you’re willing to do the required regular trimming, fast growing or tall growing shrubs can be an option. If you don’t have time for regular trimming, you can use the taller shrubs along the edge of your lawn to give you some privacy.
It’s advisable to select drought tolerant plants or plants and flowers that require minimal watering for the area near the foundation of your home. This will prevent moisture issues from occurring around the foundation.
You can include several different flower beds in your landscape design. Planting perennials in one area will assure that year after year your beautiful flowers will return. Annuals provide beauty for one growing season. Creating an annual flower bed gives you the opportunity to diversify the colors and textures in your landscape each year.
If your home is located in an area where houses are within close proximity to each other, you may want to make creating privacy a priority of your landscape design. Evergreens planted along the perimeter of your property is an excellent way to create privacy. However, if you don’t own the land, that might not be an option. You can consider some of the following alternatives for creating private space in an open landscape.
- A gazebo can become a private relaxation area simply by adding lush green hanging baskets around the top of the gazebo.
- A climbing vine growing up and over a pergola will provide a private space in your landscape design.
- You can grow a variety of flowers and vines on trellises. Group some of these together, line them up along a pathway or create an outdoor room with them.
When you are designing your landscape, don’t overlook the opportunity to make it impressive both during the day and at night. Adding pathway lights to your design will give your landscape a soft ambiance at night. You can place a spotlight on a tree or shrub that is uniquely or beautifully shaped. A spotlight can also be used to draw attention to a magnificent piece of garden art. String lights can be added to your gazebo or pergola. These lights will make your landscape gently impressive throughout the year.
Landscaping the exterior of a home is much like decorating the interior of a home. The rule of less is best can easily be applied to landscaping as well as indoor decor. If you limit the amount of flowers, shrubs and garden accessories you include in the design, everyone will have a greater opportunity to focus on each individual aspect of the overall design.