What to consider when landscaping your garden

Sometimes beginning a landscaping project can seem overwhelming. Often you hear landscape professionals refer to a process termed “Analysis & Inventory.” Don’t worry, all this boils down to is knowing what you want and what you have to work with. A landscape designer will help you work through these seven landscaping considerations. Take a look at them ahead of time and you’ll be well on your way to having the yard you’ve always wanted.

Costings

Whatever you do, don’t let the costings dictate what your budget is going to be, you should always plan things the other way around. First you should condor exactly what you want to pay for your garden landscape and then find the workers, contractors, Stone makers and equipment which you are going to need at the cost which you want to pay. In order to do this effectively you will need to make a list of what you are going to need in order to complete the work and then begin contacting contractors and suppliers to get the price which you are looking for.

Sensible Designs

When it comes to designing your garden, you will need to think about this at length and ensure that you are taking into consideration key environmental factors. For example, if the sun is always shining on the bottom corner of the garden then that will be the place that makes the most sense to put a seating area, if you have an area that is constantly in heavy shade, that may not be the best area for a flower bed. Whilst you will of course want the garden to look great, you should also be considering these extra factors when it comes to the design.

Use & Purpose

When beginning a landscaping project the first thing to consider is how you want to use the space. Decide what the desired purpose, or purposes, of your ideal yard are before making any other decisions. Common uses for outdoor spaces include:

  • Entertaining
  • Cooking and dining
  • Playing
  • Relaxing
  • Gardening

People & Pets

  • Next you’ll need to think about who will be using the space. Will your landscaping need to accommodate young children, or will it be primarily an adult retreat? Don’t forget to think about pets—animals often dictate landscaping decisions.

Maintenance

You must think realistically about how much you are willing to maintain your garden when designing it, you may think that plenty of grassy area and flower beds look great but if you are not the type of person to spend a lot of time in the garden then it will only fall to wreck and ruin within the first 18 months. If you are someone who is very green fingered then you can go crazy with what you want to put in your garden regarding flowers, trees and shrubs. Make sure that you are honest with yourself about how much time you intend on spending in the garden.

Link Well

Once you have the main attractions of your garden set out you should consider how you will link it all together. You could use walls, wood chip passages or stones to connect the garden and it is important that you think of this before beginning on the work so that you can get a feel for how the garden will fit together.

The key to a good landscaping job is in the planning and if you invest the time before hand, it will ensure that your garden looks great once the job is complete.

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