24 Oct Boost Curb Appeal: What KG Landscape Believes In
My name is Kent Gliadon and I’m the Owner and Landscape Design Lead at KG Landscape Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For more than 10 years now, I have been getting calls and meeting with homeowners who want to improve the curb appeal of their home. This article is for the countless people out there who don’t like the landscaping in the front of their house and want to learn how to change that.
Most people can appreciate nice landscaping when they see it, but how does one go from “I hate my landscaping” to your friends and neighbors commenting on how charming and beautiful your front yard looks? What is nice landscaping? Well, let’s get started with some answers.
What Gives Your Front Yard Appeal?
In general, nice front yard landscaping is created with visually appealing and thoughtfully arranged plantings that connect your home to the land around it. It is the placement of plantings (including trees) with interesting textures, blooming flowers, appropriate sizes, and the way these plantings flow together to create a sense of place for your home that creates the charm most people are looking for. Surprisingly to most homeowners, the materials you use for your edging or whether or not you have a retaining wall to account for every slope on your property matters very little in terms of the overall beauty of your landscaping. It has always been and will always be the plants that matter most.
The foundational planting around your home should have layers of plants, not just a single row. For example, you can use smaller perennials in the front of the planting bed, then medium plants in the center, and taller shrubs in back. If you’re short on space, adding two layers is far better than adding only one. You want to move the eye from the lawn up through the layers of plantings and finally to the house itself. This is key factor in creating a sense of place: you want the house to look like it really belongs there, as if your home was carefully built into your great landscaping and not the other way around.
The Ideals We Believe In
KG Landscape believes in the importance of beautiful outdoor spaces where living things can thrive, people and plants alike. We believe that no matter what your home looks like, we can help make it feel more like home. We believe in the pride you feel as you glance at your beautiful landscape each time you leave and arrive home. We believe in the values we project to our communities by creating and maintaining charming landscapes that enhance the beauty of our neighborhoods. We believe in the value of great design and in helping people make smart and cost-effective choices that give them the most of what the really want. We believe that people are happiest outdoors. We believe that kids and pets should have a lush green lawn to play on. We believe that looking out your window to see the beautiful colors and textures of flowers in bloom is better than the best painting on a wall.
We love creating beautiful outdoor spaces that encourage people to live outdoors, especially in their own backyards. We believe that we are uniquely qualified to help you achieve the things we believe in, this is why we do what we do.
Contact us today to see why we’re Minneapolis’ top choice in landscaping services.
President and Design Lead
KG Landscape Management