5 Helpful Lakefront Property Landscaping Tips

There are so many wonderful benefits that come with living on a lakefront piece of property. Other than perhaps during the winter season, the weather tends to be beautiful year round. The views from the big bay windows are absolutely breathtaking. And being in the presence of water brings a calming effect, one that can reduce internalized levels of stress.

So if you’re someone who is fortunate enough to own a house on the water, in order to take full advantage of all that it has to offer, it’s important that you decorate the interior of your home so that it can feel extremely comfortable for you and your guests. Along those same lines, if you plan to do a lot of sitting on your porch or patio, it’s a good idea to also do a bit of landscaping too.

While you could hire a professional landscaper to do the work for you, you could also save a few dollars by doing it on your own. So here are five helpful lakefront property landscaping tips that can have the outside of your home looking and feeling like paradise.

Look for plants that thrive in damp soil. Although all vegetation needs water in order to survive, when you have a lakefront home, greenery oftentimes gets a lot more water than it actually needs. So if you want to do a bit of planting close to your water banks, look for the kind of plants that can dig their roots deeply into the soil. Some that would fit into this category include Arrowhead, Canna, Horsetail, Knotgrass and Thalia.

Put shrubs along the upper banks. A really nice touch to any lakefront home’s backyard is to add some shrubbery along its upper banks. Some that will prove to be a nice complement to your landscape are Buttonbush, Climbing Aster, Snowbell, Swamp Rose and Titi.

Don’t remove plants that already exist at the waterline. If you were to speak with a professional landscaper about something else that you should keep in mind when it comes to doing your own landscaping on a piece of lakefront property, something that they would probably recommend is you not disturb any of the plants that already exist along the waterline. There are a couple of reasons why. One reason is because there’s a pretty good chance that most of them are already well-rooted into the soil. Therefore, attempting to remove them could do more harm than good. Secondly, older plants are usually a barrier for erosion. And finally, older plants tend to serve as a habitat for the wildlife that is within the area.

Choose colorful flowers. Landscaping your waterfront home is not just planting green plants and shrubs; it’s about adding flowers as well. Just make sure that when it comes to the flowers that you choose to put into your garden, you plant them closer to the back of your home or even in the front yard. South American Verbena, Daylily, Gaillardia, Latana and Yarrow are all flowers that will provide a beautiful touch to any seaside home. (You can contact your local nursery about all of them.)

Build a patio. With all of the beauty that you’re about to create, you’re probably going to want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. So why not build a patio? Although initially it might seem like quite the project, there are websites that can walk you through each process, step-by-step. For tips on how to make your own patio, visit DIY Network, BHG, or Family Handyman and put “how to build a patio” in the search field. If you have questions about your lakefront property and would like to speak with an agent, visit www.LakeHomes.com.

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