A lot of people talk about taking the time to invest time and money into landscaping for their home but never get around to doing it. While landscaping your home for the first time can seem intimidating, it is a lot easier to do if you know exactly what you’re doing.

Keep it Native

Make use of native plants, trees, and shrubs when planting your garden as part of your landscaping project. These plants will grow best in your particular climate, whether you have hard soil, less rainfall, or extreme weather fluctuations.

Be Aware of Your Climate

Think about your climate and the water requirements for certain plants. If you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of rain, try buying plants that don’t require a lot of water— such as cacti and succulents. Grass needs more water than any other type of plant, so in this case, you can replace your lawn with wood chips, rocks, gravel, or a type of ground cover that is suitable for high drought areas.

Avoid the Ivy

While you may think that letting ivy grow all over your house would make for an interesting aesthetic, avoid letting that happen unless you’re ready to put a lot of effort into properly caring for and maintaining it. Ivy attracts a lot of bugs— including termites that may end up costing you a lot in the long run.