Develop a landscaping plan

Bakersfield Landscaping: 4 expert tips for your next project

Whether it’s for your home or business, backyard or front yard, a new landscaping project can seem overwhelming at first. However, with the right information at your side, you can avoid mistakes and transform your spot into a beautiful green paradise.

So before you get started on your next Bakersfield landscaping project, here are a few simple tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Develop a landscaping plan

Plants aren’t exactly cheap, and building a home for your green friends can eat up a lot of time and money. Because of this, it’s important to come up with a plan before you start digging into a landscaping project.

Determine where everything will go, and make sure to consider how each specific plant will grow and develop.

At the same time, don’t limit yourself.

Just because your neighbors have a certain look doesn’t mean you need to replicate that look. And just because Home Depot or Lowes only offers a certain variety of plants doesn’t mean you need to stay within those confines.

Here at White Forest Nursery of Bakersfield, we have a wide selection of plants, trees, and flowers for your landscaping needs. We can help you find plants in Bakersfield that will up your curb appeal in no time at all.

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Get to know the plants

Get to know the plants

When you’re developing your Bakersfield landscaping plan, carefully consider the various types of plants, trees, and flowers. It’s important to understand their growing behaviors, as well as their maintenance needs.

For example, unless you enjoy regularly gardening, you should probably opt for plants that don’t grow out of control (like vines). With fast-growing plants, you’ll be required to spend a lot of time out in the garden pruning, cutting, and trimming. If that’s not something you enjoy, then search for other options.

On top of maintenance, you also need to focus on the growing behaviors of plants. Imagine selecting a handful of different plants that all bloom at the same time. What happens when the next season rolls around and you have nothing in bloom? Make sure to spread out your selections, so you have something flourishing at all times of the year.

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Be strategic with placement

Be strategic with placement

It’s not just important to be strategic with what types of plants you choose. It’s also important to be strategic with how those plants are integrated into your landscape.

For example, you’ll want to make sure your smaller plants are visible — so avoid planting tall plants in the front of your beds. You’ll also want to avoid long, straight lines (unless that’s the type of look you’re going for). Try to make your plants flow as much as possible — and this also goes for your walkways.

Curved, textured paths tend to look better than a straight strip of concrete. Just make sure it’s not too curved or too textured. Remember, you still need the path to be walkable.

Speaking of walkable, you also need to make sure your walkways are wide enough for a person to comfortably walk on (and in some cases, two people). For this to happen, your path should be about two feet wide and not be obstructed by hedges or plants that might box in a person.


Partner with a landscape consultant

Partner with a landscape consultant

When it comes to large (and even small) landscaping projects, you really need to know what you’re doing. One simple mistake or rushed decision could cost you dearly in the future — whether that cost comes in time or money.

If you aren’t familiar with Bakersfield landscaping or gardening, then it’s important to seek out advice. You can receive quite a bit of help from a local plant nursery, like White Forest Nursery. At our Bakersfield plant nursery, you can come in, find the right products, and get answers to all your questions.

You may also benefit by partnering with a local landscape consultant. Here at WFN, our Bakersfield landscape consultant is knowledgeable in all things plants and Bakersfield — meaning she can help you create a beautiful space that will thrive in this specific environment.

If you’d like to learn more about how a landscape consultant can work for you, please feel free to give us a call at 661-366-6291 or stop by the nursery to ask your questions in person.

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