Spring is here, and with it comes warmer temperatures and the draw of making improvements and additions to your yard's landscaping. Whether you want to install landscaping where there is none or you want to update your vegetation and landscaping appearance, spring is the perfect time of year to do so. Here are some recommendations to help you design your yard's landscaping in an attractive and successful way.

Manage Good Drainage

The drainage is important in your yard because you need to have adequate irrigation and there will be precipitation, which can cause excess moisture problems if you are not careful. Look at the downspout and rain gutter installation and where it deposits water on the soil. Make sure the water is delivered to a position that is lined with gravel, rocks, pavement, or a collection rain barrel. 

If you have any low spots in your landscaping, you may encounter excessive water that collects in the area. You can install a swale lined with drainage material which will help the moisture collect and soak into the surrounding soil. A swale will help the moisture collect and divert just as your rain gutter drainage is managed, which will prevent soil erosion and washouts in the landscaping.

Plan For Sun Exposure

As you are planning your yard's landscaping, be sure you take into account which side of your property the area is located on. For example, the sun exposure on the southern side of your home is going to have more sun radiation and heat versus on the northern side of your property. Be sure you consider the sun exposure needs of all your vegetation so you plant them in appropriate places. Vegetation that thrives in a cool and shady spot should be planted on the northern side of your property. Then, plant sun-loving vegetation that thrives in hot and sunny spaces on the south side of your property, especially directly next to your home's foundation. 

Also, look at the placement of your trees so you can plant vegetation around the tree growth. Certain types of vegetation, including grass, will grow well under the shade of your trees. As your trees grow and mature, you may need to consider changing up the varieties of vegetation and lawn so they will thrive in an area of increased shade. You should also look at the different times of the day and the amount of shade your vegetation will receive as the shadows of your trees will move across the yard. Consult with your landscape design service to plan out the right types of vegetation plants, shrubbery, flowers, and grasses for optimal appearance and health.