First impressions can make or break a good reputation. The perception a neighborhood has is no exception. We at Landscape Workshop have compiled the best ways to ensure that your neighborhood’s entrance is putting its best foot forward.
5 Best Practices For A Neighborhood Entrance
Landscaping is the first thing people notice about a possible home. If the neighborhood entrance’s landscaping is incorrectly done, it can hinder the attractiveness of the neighborhood. If a neighborhood’s entrance is unkempt and disorganized, most prospective buyers will drive right by. Poor landscaping can distract future residents.
A properly designed entrance will entice people to move in. It is welcoming and a breath of fresh air. It tells those driving by that it is a wonderful place to live and that you should consider moving in. The entrance is representative of the rest of the neighborhood, so make sure it blends well with the style of homes too. Here are 5 of the best landscaping practices for neighborhood entrances.
Have Visible Signage
One of the most important things to consider is if the entrance sign is visible and readable. It should be unobstructed by any of the landscaping features around it. Some entrances also have street signs, and it can be hazardous to reduce their visibility.
You can still plant greenery around and under the signs, but the name should be clear of anything blocking it. You want the name to be readable from the road and easy to find.
Be Strategic About Plants
A great way to reduce maintenance needs is to select native plants. They are more suited to the environment than imported plants and won’t require as much maintenance, special tools, or soil. Using native plants is also a subtle way to show pride in your area. Rather than importing something trendy, you get to showcase the beauty your region provides. Once again, these can be placed around the entrance as long as it does not obstruct any signage.
Implement Hardscape Features
Any nonliving landscape element is considered a hardscape feature. There is a large variety of options when it comes to nonliving objects that you can incorporate into your entrance area. Statues, brick pavers, stones, water fountains, boulders, and more can be found at the entrances of many neighborhoods. Just like plants, utilizing native materials can create a cohesive and harmonious blend with the area around the neighborhood.
Weeds have a way of showing up suddenly. If you don’t stay diligent in maintaining your entrance, then you’ll be overrun before you know it. Entrances will need constant inspection to ensure that no weeds are beginning to grow. Remove them as soon as possible to discourage them from spreading. Make sure the entrance either has a solid bed of grass or mulch. Mulch, a type of ground cover, is one of the best ways to discourage weeds. There are many types of mulch, such as gravel, wood chips, bark, straw, etc. Make sure to remove any weeds before laying mulch down. Mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the soil, which inhibits weed growth.
Illuminate Your Entrance
Once night falls, your entrance will be harder to see if you do not properly light it. We use low-voltage landscape lighting which is easy to install and maintain. There are many different features including Bluetooth. Keeping your entrance visible at night is equally as important as during the day. You never know when a prospective buyer will drive by, and a distinct entrance that is clearly visible and well-lit is just as beautiful as it is safe.
Contact Landscape Workshop Today
Creating a well-planned and flawlessly executed entrance can pose certain difficulties, particularly if you lack the necessary expertise. At Landscape Workshop, we are here to handle all your landscaping requirements. Our areas of specialization include maintenance, construction, design-build, enhancements, and facility services. Contact us today to create an entrance that combines attractiveness with effectiveness.