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Naturalized Landscape Design

Naturalized landscapes often have a less formal feel, incorporating larger drifts of plants in place of tightly manicured lawns and beds.

However, they still require thoughtful planning to create a landscape with visual appeal. Arrange plants to look natural but not unkept.

Start small rather than taking on the whole yard at once. Incorporate plants that are suited to your area and that can thrive without much care. Include native plants that will help provide food and shelter for wildlife.

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, be sure that your design will work with the HOA guidelines.

And finally, remember that naturalization does not equal abandonment. Your naturalized landscape will still require some care to keep it looking good.

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