You might have stared out of your window looking at that blank yard and thought that you needed to do something about it. Adding some flowers and greenery to your yard can be an exciting avenue to explore. However, it requires a lot of planning and hard work. No one said that landscaping would be easy. But the results are worth it, if you go about it the right way. Also, be prepared for long term planning and work, because plants need good care, especially in the initial years.
Steps for Landscaping
Follow these steps to turn your yard into a sight to behold:
- Measure your plot and analyze it: Your aim is to make good use of the space you have, and you need to know how much space you have for that. You can have a land survey done from your realtor or title office or get a plot map from your county office.
- Plan a landscape design: After you know how much space you have, look for some landscape designs that you can replicate. While planning keeps things like slopes, drainage patterns, sewer lines, septic tanks, and underground electric lines in mind. You don’t want to plant a tree and later have to cut it down because you have violated some law or rule.
- Select your greenery: This is the fun part. You can select from many different varieties of trees and shrubs but again consider things like size, form, shape, and location.
- Start digging: Planting your trees in appropriate places is a crucial stage in landscaping. You need to plant them properly to get them to flourish. Use natural fertilizers instead of harmful chemical ones.
- Maintain your Landscape: Maintaining is not as hard as it sounds. Just water, mulch, and check for pests and you should be good to go.
Tips for Landscaping Beginners
Here are some tips for better landscaping that you can follow for getting and maintaining that beautiful garden that everyone envies:
- Make a list of your requirements and start drawing what you want in the planning stage. You might want a play space for kids or a vegetable patch or a patio for your family to sit on.
- Consider how sun and wind will affect your landscaping design to avoid any kind of issue later. A sunny patio might become too uncomfortable in summer, or a wind can put out a fire pit.
- Enjoy the landscape you have built before you start thinking about what you want to change. Don’t jump to any hasty conclusions about it.
- Start small instead of having an ambitious design that will require a lot of work and maintenance. You can always build on your small design with time. Reality is different from garden TV shows that depict a landscaping makeover in a jiffy.
- Find a focal point like a statue or a fountain which is the centerpiece of your landscaping. You may draw the eye to this point and get it to move through the landscape.
- Focus on scale and pacing to find the balance between monotony and variety. You may want to repeat certain elements, while adding something that stands out to break the monotony.
- Be willing to change what does not work for you over time. You can take that out and replace it with something that you like more.
Your yard should reflect your personality and taste. You can transform it into a sanctuary with the right kind of landscaping planning that you can enjoy for years and have your friends and family enjoy it as well.