The landscaping for your log home is important to your enjoyment of it. Plans should begin as early as possible. The best time to start is as soon as the heavy equipment is gone and the earth is loose an exposed. You find it easier to sculpt and plant your surroundings to your own tastes. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.
You probably chose your lot for a good reason. Be sure your favorite views of the surrounding area are cleared of brush and branches. If you want to plant shrubs to preserve an atmosphere of natural greenery, plant varieties that are no more than three feet high. Where there are views you don’t like so much, plant evergreens that will grow from six to eight feet in height along the perimeter of the property. Planting fruit or shade trees are also good options.
Think about how you plan to enjoy the outdoors. What activities will you and your family indulge in, and how will you ensure you have enough space? You might want to think about an outdoor kitchen, pavilion, or patio for grilling, or mark off a space for a flower or vegetable garden.
This may seem counter-intuitive if you’re going for a natural or rustic look, but it has many advantages. If your log cabin serves as a vacation or seasonal retreat, variations of artificial turf will look good in any season, and it’s largely maintenance free, giving you more leisure time. You don’t have to worry about it turning brown in the hot sun or times of drought. It wears well and can serve as a great play area for the kids, or as a consistent surface to practice your golf skills. Contact a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials if you have any concerns.
First and foremost, you should be certain there’s sufficient slope to drain rainwater away from exterior walls. Pooling water can weaken your foundation, or lead to infestations of insects or algae even in treated wood. Be sure to keep any plantings trimmed to about six inches clear of the exterior. In the open spaces, you might want to think about interesting features like fountains, birdbaths, waterfalls, or fish ponds to boost aesthetic appeal.
You chose a log home for good reason. They have a special appeal for many people. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your available space in any way that enhances your pleasure in your new home. As you plan around the lot of your log home, whether that be near a city or a cabin out in the woods, keep these tips for making good use of the landscaping space as well as you can.