If you are considering an exciting and fun challenge, how about designing your own landscaping? If you’re interested in taking on such a project, here are a few tips.
Most significantly, planning the design should be your first step. According to what you are looking to be part of your design, you need to gather all of the information before you make any decisions. Would you prefer a pond? Paths? How about a patio or deck? It’s important to decide before you start working. Also, there is going to be a huge assortment of flowers, plants and trees from which to pick. If you need to have a little help, check online for landscaping articles and books, and pick up a few landscaping magazines. This type of exploration will be well worth your while, because when all is said and done you will have saved money, effort and time, and have a great looking yard.
After you’ve completed your research and planning, you’ll want to get started on your landscape design. It’s better if you’re able to make a scaled model of the location to be landscaped, using accurate measurements. You should have no trouble finding detailed guides on how to do this, many available for free online. You should place any design elements on your layout pad, but this really is only the preliminary plan, which can always be changed. At this time everything is only on paper, so experimentation is a good idea. And bear in mind the seasonal factor of things – you want to make sure your design will look good all year round. An additional important factor in your design is that the landscape should be as free of maintenance as possible.
Because it is hard to visualize what your design will look like in reality, purchase some good landscape designing software. You’ll be able to view virtual images of what things will look like, and move things around as much as you want, ’til you’re satisfied. You can work with a photo of your house, which is imported into the software, and the software then designs the landscape around the photo. A lot of the applications give you advice on placing the different elements. You are able to verify what details will look like as time passes and things grow. This can help you see what your landscape will eventually look like, should you want to make some changes.
Needless to say, despite the fact that some people don’t want a garden, most of us choose to make one the center of attention in our design. Positioning of a garden or gardens is actually completely up to you – just make sure everything works well together. Sometimes you may elect to tuck your garden away, hidden and awaiting discovery. If you have ever appreciated gardening and garden work on the whole, you should have a great time designing your own landscape.