“In a nutshell, what kind of beautifying my Sacramento landscape? I am sometimes asked this rather broad question by homeowners in Sacramento, Roseville & Folsom, and it’s a tough one to answer. There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, your personal design tastes, how you’ll be using your yard, etc. But there are certain steps you can take that are so sound that they readily suggest themselves as answers to this question.
Use Weed Fabric Strategically
Landscape fabric is most useful under gravel or mulch walkways to keep the material from sinking into the soil. Skip the weed barrier fabric in planted areas. It only provides a short-term sense of accomplishment until the weeds start growing in the mulch on top of the fabric.
Create an Edge
This has to be the easiest and cheapest landscaping idea out there. Simply add a stone edge and mulch to pretty up plain flower beds in a snap.
Use Starter Fertilizer
Use a starter fertilizer whenever you plant anything. Starter fertilizers can provide a tremendous boost to new plantings. The best products have low nitrogen, a bit more phosphorous, and most importantly mycorrhizae-beneficial fungi that help to greatly increase the soil area from which plant roots draw their sustenance. A good starter fertilizer combined with good planting technique is an awesome insurance policy.
Light Up the Night
Not only is landscape lighting aesthetically pleasing, it also increases safety by making sure paths (and obstacles) are visible after sunset.
Sit Down & Relax
Add an Outdoor Seating Area Installing a patio near the edge of your lawn, away from the house, provides an outdoor escape. Concrete will do, or you can use stones or pavers. Building it near trees or tall flowers gives the area some privacy, while chairs or benches let you sit or lie down to read or nap.
Plan for Every Season
Here’s a can’t-miss tip for beautifying your Sacramento yard: make sure you’re providing something of interest in each of the four seasons. Do-it-yourself landscaping for 4-season interest begins with a well-researched plant-selection plan. The goal is to have flowering trees and/or shrubs throughout spring and summer, fall foliage in autumn and good structure in winter.