Are you planning to do some landscaping work in your backyard? Are you at a loss as to how go about it?
A landscaping project may seem like a daunting task in the beginning, especially if you don’t have a concrete plan or idea of what you want. Here are some points to consider before you start anything.
- First, establish a plan
The first thing you should do before starting on your landscaping is to establish a design plan.
Your exterior landscaping should blend in with your house and other home structures. Look around the home and plan on how to go about harmonize color, element, and design.
You can hire a professional to help you come up with a plan so that when you start on the actual project, you will have a guide to refer to.
- Consider the use and purpose of your landscape
Consider how you want your landscape to function as you make your plan. Common functions for landscaping include gardening, entertaining, swimming, cooking, and dining, relaxing, children’s playgrounds as well as a training area.
Depending on your preferences, design a landscape that will accommodate your needs.
- Test your soil and soil type
Some areas have sandy, clay, loamy or rocky soil. If you like certain plants, you have to make sure that your soil type can sustain them.
If you want to have a pond, your soil should not be porous such that water disappears as soon as you fill it. Invite an expert to test your soil and advice you on the suitable landscaping ideas for it so that you do not get disappointed with your choices.
- Consider your climate too
Climate affects the growth and behavior of plants. You cannot have tropical water plants in Texas since it is fairly dry, unless you have a way of irrigating them throughout.
Ask an expert about plants that do well in sunny areas, cold areas as well as under the shade. You also need to monitor the temperatures, rainfall, winter months, wind direction as well as water flow and drainage to be able to draw up a good landscaping plan.
- Choose a style that complements your home
Landscaping comes in many styles and themes including Japanese gardens, modern contemporary landscaping, cottage themes, desert themes and many more.
Depending on the feel of your home, design a style that will blend with your house. Your style choice should reflect your personality, accomplish expected functions, and meet your needs.
- Consider the traffic in the area
If your lawn, garden, or yard usually receives a lot of traffic from people and pets, plan your design for such an activity. You can use pebbles instead of plants as ground cover on areas with high volume of traffic.
Set aside children play areas as well as pet training areas for people and pets to keep them from trampling on your landscape. Have pathways in between plants to keep them from being flattened by people and pets.