Your sidewalk – first impressions count

When it comes to first impressions, your sidewalk is probably the most important, and most overlooked, part of your garden. Yet it is the first thing that people see when they visit your home. Nothing beats sprucing up your sidewalk to add to the curb appeal of your home.

There are a few unique considerations to keep in mind when you want to landscape your sidewalk. Being on Municipal ground, you will have to keep in mind that you cannot remove trees. Also, be aware of the location of the storm-water drains, and create unobstructed access for pedestrians. It should also be easy to remove and re-install, should it be necessary for the authorities to do repairs to underground lines and cables.

If you would like to have some paving, keep it simple. A few stepping stones in a laid out in a stunning design can make a massive difference. To create texture and contrast you can add some gravel or pebbles in between pavers. It creates a walkway so that pedestrians do not damage your plantings. It also adds structure and is durable as well as low maintenance. Just remember to put down a weed barrier first, you’ll thank yourself later!

With your plants you can add colour, lushness and softness to break the hard lines of the pavers. Plant choices for a sidewalk will need a bit more consideration. Even more so if you live in an area that receives little rainfall. Choose hardy, drought tolerant plants. You won’t have to spend your weekends doing a lot of maintenance. It also saves you from receiving a hefty water bill at the end of the month.

If you do not like the idea spending a whole lot of money on permanent installation, you can add some pots. Choose large scale pots, and add sculptural plants like aloes or yuccas for a show stopping display. When you move you can always just load them up and take them with you.

Landscaping your sidewalk instantly adds value and curb appeal to your home! You should consider it as part of your overall landscaping. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just plan well and start somewhere. Or give us a call on 083 255 0690 if need a little help, we have, after all, all your garden solutions!