Landscaping does not come easy as it calls for hard work and serious thinking. Sometimes you look at home or landscaping design magazines that make you ask how you can get that same results in your own backyard.
Here are a few tips on how to plan and landscape your lawn so passers by and neighbors want to take pictures of your yard or garden.
Figure out your own style first
You can go through samples of manicured landscapes and come up with a style that suits you the best. Make a theme or a plan around that style so that you have a base to work with. Choose a style that complements your house, hence making it the focal point.
Maximize on the features that you already have
Landscape designing can be an enjoyable and fulfilling project when you utilize what you already have.
If you have lots of rocks, make a rock garden around them. If you have a water feature close by, create a man-made pond, waterfall or fountain and have a small marine ecosystem in your yard.
Use gardens and slopes in your home to create beautiful landscaping features. If you have trees in your yard, you can construct a relaxation bench or swings underneath for people to chat as they enjoy the shade.
Make sure you maximize the features that you have before buying new landscaping ornaments.
Consider your needs before wants
Consider the function of your landscape and start with the useful features before adding the ornamental ones.
If you have little children, having a play area takes priority than having a backyard bar. If you have senior citizens with not much work during the day, having a flower garden or a vegetable garden is good for keeping them occupied.
If you need a guest entertainment area, you can accentuate your patio. After you are done with the basics, then you can move on to other luxury features.
Consult an expert
Landscaping is more than planting flowers, shrubs and laying rocks randomly. You should consult an expert for advise on soil type, and the plants that would do well with your type of soil.
You also get to know about wind and rain patterns as well as how to maximize them. Also, an expert can teach you how to pair perennials with annual plants so that you have a beautiful lawn all year long. They can also advise you on drainage, maintenance and long term landscaping.
Set aside a budget
When making your plan, include a tentative budget of the ideal features that you want to install. This will keep you from making impulse purchases, which might end up costing lots of money.
If the price seems too high, you can divide the project in phases and do one phase at a time. You can start with the front yard and move towards the back as you work your way.