The best landscaping for the Midwest
While building a homestead, it might seem that front and backyard landscaping is the last thing to worry about. However, now that Spring is finally showing its face, it’s time to start the process of landscaping the yard.
At Homestead Homes, most of our clients are building a homestead in the Midwest region! With this in mind, these are the best backyard landscaping ideas for the Midwest.
Once the sod is laid down, it’s imperative to maintain it for years to come. Professional landscapers often overseed a yard to help it thrive. This can help with a thin, dull yard from children playing outside, animals and weather conditions.
The first step to prepare the lawn is cleaning, raking and removing clippings. This will clear the old debris from Winter. Anyone can overseed their yard, no matter the region.
The Midwest has unpredictable weather. The Spring often brings rain which follows with the increase of temperature to hot and humid summers. A perennial flower is a flower that will continue to grow each year once it’s planted. The best perennials to add into your backyard landscaping are:
- Butterfly Weed
- Lenton Rose
- Virginia BlueBells
- Black-eyed Susans
These are low maintenance flowers that anyone can plant and will continue to grow each and every year! This landscaping idea might come with some maintenance, but can help with privacy.
There are several different kinds of shrubs from dwarf shrubs to tall shrubs. The best kind of shrubs to add into the landscaping design are flowering shrubs. These shrubs thrive in the Midwest because they are reliable, can handle spring frost and have been planted in the Midwest for decades.
While one is building a homestead, a fence might be on the back burner of the home build and design, but that’s fine because shrubs can provide the desired privacy. A tall shrub can help to create a barrier between two yards. If shrubs aren’t on the list of wanted landscaping items, there are always trees!
While trees add that needed touch to a yard, each yard is different just like each home. One of the most important notions to understand when planting a tree is to know what kind of soil your yard has.
Nebraska has Holdrege soil which is great for agriculture purposes. In Iowa, the most common soil is Tama. In South Dakota, the most common soil is Houdek. All of these soils are typically known to be located in agriculture and prairie grasslands. Get your soil inspected by a professional before planting a tree.
These are the trees that can withstand the Midwest weather:
- Crab apple
- Pagoda Dogwood
- Korean Fir
- American HornBeam
- Bitternut Hickory
- Northern Red Oak
A couple of trees in the front and backyard can help with privacy and keep entertainment areas shaded for guests. (All Midwesterns know that constant sunshine can be brutal).
These are the top yard landscaping tips for anyone building a homestead in the Midwest region.
Come speak with us about your options, financing and more! No matter the season, you can build a dream home.