Your ability to install and keep a beautiful and well-maintained yard depends on the time and planning you put into the project. When you have the help of a professional landscaper, they can boost your chances for success by providing you the best recommendations for your specific property. The following tips will help you plan and manage your landscaping for visual attraction and soil erosion prevention.

Add the Right Vegetation

Before you begin planting your favorite vegetation and trees, it is a good idea to take into consideration the climate you live in and the type of soil conditions present. These two factors can make it difficult for your landscaping to flourish or will require a great amount of watering to keep it looking nice.

You should also look at the amount of bare soil in your yard. If you experience any wind through your area, the topsoil will eventually blow away without something holding it in place. You can add a mulch covering, such as bark chips or decorative rock, or you can plan a low growth ground covering, such as periwinkle, bishop's weed, or lawn grass.

If you choose to plant a lawn on your property, look for a drought-tolerant type if you live in an area of extreme heat, for example. And if your yard contains many trees that create a great amount of shade on your property, look for a lawn that does well without direct sunlight. Otherwise, your lawn will be thin and patchy despite your best efforts of fertilization. Consult with your landscape professional about the right type of design management for your property.

Grade the Soil

As you plan out your landscaping plant placement through your yard, the slope of the soil is not only important to keep your landscaping visually interesting. The soil slope is also important for providing good yard drainage and keeping moisture from seeping into your home's foundation.

For landscaping areas next to your home's foundation, be careful the soil does not slope toward the foundation. And be careful with soil that sits level right next to your foundation wall, as this can promote moisture accumulation in the soil, which can all lead to moisture getting into your basement. Build up the soil to create a soil slope that flows away from your home.

If there are any areas of your yard that are lower than the rest, be prepared for water accumulating after heavy rains and after any spring snow thaw. You can provide for drainage collection by adding in a good layer of sandy soil or cover the site with some gravel to promote drainage. 

Use Decorative Rock

Decorative rock can add a lot to your landscape. It can be used in plant beds as an attractive alternative to mulch. It can also be used to create borders and break up your landscape. It comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the ones that would best fit your landscape design as well as the plants that they would surround. To learn more, contact a decorative rock supplier near you.