3 Things to Consider when Landscaping Your Hill Country Home
Quality, beautiful landscaping is an essential part of any new home build. The area around your house sets a tone for what guests can expect to find inside. Time outdoors is a core part of living in the hill country - whether it is entertaining on the patio, lounging by the pool, or enjoying family time. And, if the outdoors is not your thing, modern hill country building includes larger windows, so even from your dining room table one can enjoy the landscape.
Landscaping is part of the building process that many homeowners simply don’t take into account when building a new home. It is something worthwhile to discuss with your builder during the design phase. Even if you have a large hill country lot and want to keep the majority of your property “natural,” youmight want to think that through. We recommend some kind of transition between your house and the natural look on the rest of your property.
Hill country landscaping involves more than simply selecting foliage you think looks great. Regardless of your landscaping budget, it is important to consider the obstacles to successful landscaping in the hill country - namely deer and drought.
Since the invasion of cedar trees, the hill country now has limited and unpredictable groundwater resources. Plant species that require large amounts of water can cause stress to local water resources. There are also monetary considerations. A large fully landscaped and irrigated custom home estate can easily cost several hundred dollars per month if watering with municipal water. And, during drought conditions the extra pull on a water well can impact outflows. We encourage our clients to use drought-tolerant plants to prevent your investment in foliage from being burned in the Texas heat.
One of the best parts of living in the hill country is sitting at your dining room table and watching the wildlife. This beauty has its price and we call them the"Hill Country Pillagers." As one of Texas’ largest garden pests, deer can do a lot of damage in a very small amount of time. You can practice control by installing deer fencing or using repellents, but the most effective approach is to learn how to use deer resistant plants when landscaping your new home. There are hundreds of beautiful options to consider. Check out this hill country resource is the Boerne chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Your home is more than just the walls that surround you. Planning for the long-term care and growth of your new yard should also be considered. It can be time-consuming, especially if you have a large lot. If you are not the gardener type, and you don’t want to spend a lot of time working in or on your yard, but want an ornate design, we recommend you factor in the cost of hiring someone to maintain it.
At Tri-Built, our Project Managers will advise you regarding which solutions may be best for your specific location. We have a network of landscape professionals that can help with design and installation. We have found that experienced landscaping professionals know that there’s a big difference between how a home’s landscaping looks when it’s first installed—and what it will look like 5 or 10 years later. You don’t want landscaping that looks great now and then obscures your views in a few years.