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Landscaping tips for the newbies.

Landscaping tips for the newbies.

There are a few fundamental concepts to bear in mind while planning your outdoor area. One of the most important practices involves planning function over cosmetics, as you’re going to need something that tailors to your lifestyle. Depending on how you want to utilize your space, the design and layout of your room will need to be determined.

If you follow these seven simple guidelines, you’ll be on your way to constructing a stunning landscape.

 

What do you need and what do you want?

Are you looking for a place to play, a peaceful spot to read, or a mix of the two? Alternatively, you may be looking for an area where you may grow your favorite herbs and veggies. Make a list of your requirements and a rough sketch of how you’d want things to fit together to solve this problem. Use this as a jumping-off place.

 

Second, Take a Closer Look at Your Garden

Consider your yard’s layout, what is the direction of the wind as it passes through your yard, and what direction the sun goes as it rises and sets throughout the day? Try and use bushes and trees to block and deflect wind. Locate the areas with the most sunlight and determine the ideal spots to put trees, try and think of good areas to put a shade tree in the summer by holding a broom up during the hottest time of the day, usually 3-5pm and see what spot in your yard provides the most shade covering. It’s always nice to have a cool have a space to hang out and play during summer, while you can also take advantage of the sun’s warmth on colder days by creating a warm area. As an additional consideration, think about how you’ll irrigate water from one section of your yard to another, keep in mind, it’s cheaper to run irrigation around concrete than under it. Try and figure out what you want to plant and make sure to calculate the sun’s angle and plan a watering strategy, this could be drip systems, sprinklers or underground water-wise irrigation.

Make It Your Home

It’s a good idea to spend some time in a few places around your yard before getting started. Take time to sit down, even if its with a lawn chair and think about where you like to spend your time before making a final decision. Find a new area to sit each day by moving your chair around. Take notice of prospective focal points and how they interact with your house and the views from the windows. How will preexisting routes have in this scenario? A path’s interaction with the surrounding environment has a significant impact on your  experience, directing them not just from one location to another but also generating generating appeal as you proceed. When Walt Disney was building Disneyland, he used a term “Weenie at the end of the street.” Keep in mind, this was the 1950’s, but it’s design concept is still very relevant today. Think of walking around Disneyland, every time you turn a corner, there’s something at the end of the street unique and interesting at the end of the street. This idea is something that with the approach, can be give a lot more depth to your landscape design.

The KISS Theory, Keep it Simple, Stupid

There are times when the simplest response is the most accurate and efficient. The ultimate choice doesn’t have to be difficult or too involved. Instead, focus on the things that really matter. Begin with a framework that enables you to seamlessly transition from the interior of your home to a bed of flowers, a vegetable plot or a patio. Intuitive design solutions are often the most effective options for landscaping design. For instance, the route you’ve built across the lawn while disregarding an existing sidewalk might be a hint to the most interesting composition.

 

Views & Focal Points of surrounding areas

Don’t forget about the encompassing views outside your property. Trees may be strategically placed to frame existing vistas. Adding a tree or a collection of trees as a focal point allows you to create unique perspectives. Plant trees that give shade in the summer and color in the autumn. Consider trees like dogwoods, buckeyes, or crabapples that bloom in the spring. Colorful focus areas may also be found in flower beds and along the perimeter of a home. If you have a patio or deck, plant a row of blooming shrubs like hydrangeas to add color and life to your outside space.

Describe a Favorite Plant or Two.

A garden isn’t a garden unless it has plants in it. Keep an ongoing list of plants you’d want to cultivate. Then return to your site evaluation and see what you can do. Partial shadow may limit the use of sun-loving plants. Make a strategy for watering based on the demands of your plants before you begin. Consider a Flexogen Super Duty Hose with a Thumb Control Watering Nozzle and a timer when determining which tools are most suited to your strategy.

 

Embrace Change

In all my years of growing and planting, I’ve come to realize that nothing remains the same forever. Your patio may be too tiny or you may require a new walkway. As you grow and develop, so does your landscape.

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