One of the biggest issues that many family’s faces when determining how to design their current landscape is “where do I start?” If you aren’t a creative individual or can’t afford an expert consultant to design your landscaping strategies, what can you do? Most individuals are looking for a couple of simple and easy landscaping ideas they can follow and do the work themselves. I’ve had many friends and acquaintances ask me for my advice and guidance so that they can begin using their landscaping plans.
One of the first ideas is to devote time assessing your present piece of property with particular emphasis on what would you like your completed landscaping project to look like. Don’t try to copy your neighbor’s design! For instance, they don’t have any kids and you also do. They do not need a play place and you do. For that reason, it is very important to understand what you are starting with such as the present design and the primary attributes of your current yard. Does your lawn take up most of the home? Is the property level and easy to utilize or are you currently faced with gullies and rocky land? When you determine the pros and cons of what you starting with, you then can sketch out a rough design and think of a feasible budget.
Now that you have a comprehension of your terrain and landscape your need is to include a vegetable garden inside the general landscaping plan. A vegetable garden is much less decorative than a flower garden, but at times it is easier to the landscape. If you are only planting a flower garden, then you will want to keep the plants and blossoms with a specific color scheme such as a combination of vivid yellows and reds. Although selecting plant colors is a personal choice, mixing certain colors will provide you a more delightful and coordinated look.
Don’t overlook the importance of the need for direct sunlight for your plants. Some blossoms need direct sunlight whereby other plants need a certain amount of shade. Decide on the sum of color a particular area of the lawn receives, and if it is in direct sunshine, how to make shade for flowers and vegetables which grow the very best in indirect sunlight. You can do it by placing them in the shadow of particular bigger plants, shrubs, or trees. One of the simplest ways to make artificial shade would be to plant vines on a trellis or fence.
You may now decide on how many and what types of trees to include in your landscape design. A lone tree or a small set of trees might be a nice arrangement inside the lawn or a pleasing side feature or maybe you decide to place or store them in the background. Do not opt for an overpowering tree. Select one with a wonderful shape with an interesting feature about its vibrant leaves, distinctive bark, or colorful flowers. You may want to consider the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bright berries of the ash, the bark of the white birch, the leaves of the copper beech, or even the brilliant leaves of the sugar maple. If you’ve got a very low area that stays wet most of the time, the willow or birch are perfect trees for this spot. Do not plant a bunch of evergreen trees next to your house, this normally gives a dark and gloomy effect to the home.
You will find an assortment of shrubs that may be utilized as hedges and are more pleasing in a landscape design compared to building costly fences. The following shrubs make very nice and vibrant hedges: California privet, Japan barberry, Van Houtte’s spirea, along with the Osage orange. When picking your shrubs and trees, select those of your local geographical place since they will be much better suited to the climate and soil conditions.
Your home or tool shed frequently needs the help of vines or certain sorts of blossoms to tie it together to make a harmonious picture. Landscape architects use blossoms to accomplish this objective.
Walkways and pathways are essential for all landscaping designs because they enable you in addition to your guests to walk through the garden without damaging the plants and flowers. Depending upon your style of garden, try to design your paths to curve and meander through your backyard instead of in a direct line. Remember, the path should lead somewhere; for instance, beginning from the back porch or deck and ending at your tool shed or property line.
When developing your landscaping plan, give some serious thought to the amount of time and effort you want to dedicate to working on your backyard. If you have both a flower garden and a vegetable garden, then the amount of time to maintain and care for your plants will probably be considerable. You may choose to set up an irrigation system to eliminate the need to manually water the garden. This will save time as well as enhance the vitality of the plants. Weeding is tedious work and can be back-breaking occasionally.
Most of us want to be greener but in the future, it will not be only about being green. Amongst other trends we now see responsible sourcing, individual welfare awareness, Waterwise planting, preserving different regional heritage in gardening and plants, using technology, focussing on crops, not hard substances. There’s a growing debate internationally about negative carbon landscapes, producing gardens that create no carbon footprint which, of necessity, means re-using whatever is onsite and importing just plants and then only those developed locally or even just growing from seed. It may seem an extreme kind of backyard production but it’s what we had to do and it may just be a design model that our customers, not just our climate, induce us to embrace in the next decade. Whatever happens, these trends will continue to change and to influence how we design our prospective landscapes and gardens.
Before you begin your house landscaping job you’ll need to consult local government officials where any gas lines, electrical lines, and water pipes might be running through your lawn. You cannot afford to strike one or more one of these things. It can be dangerous in addition to expensive to repair.