When you look at your yard, do you cringe? Do you have even worse terms to describe it? Do neighbors give each other knowing looks and decline when you tell them you’re having a backyard barbeque? You don’t need to be a pariah much longer. Read on to find tips which can help to renew your yard and create a welcome outdoor retreat.
Use basic design elements for your landscape. Many areas can benefit from having anchor plants. To help develop continuity into your design plant various shrubs throughout your landscape. Create balance by having similar plants and patterns in a particular area. Variation could be achieved in planting plants that have different leaf textures.
Every landscaper should consider how much water the yard will need as well as the climate the plants will be growing in. These factors will help you to determine what to plant. For example, if your area has water limitations or restrictions, then you want to choose low maintenance plants that require little watering.
Don’t rush and plan hastily! When moving into a home with an established garden, it may seem sensible to level the existing garden and start from scratch. This is not always the best way to proceed, however. Before you do this, wait for a season and see what you would like to change. Plants change during the year and what may appear unsightly in the winter, may look beautiful in the summer or spring.
You may enjoy the company of your neighbors, but also plan some privacy into your landscaping for peace and quiet when you desire it. A fence or a line of trees or shrubs may do the trick. There are a lot of options out there that you can use in your landscaping plans if this is something you wish to achieve.
Using multi-level elements can add dimension to any design. A flat environment can be boring, so create interest by including fountains, terraces, steps or other design elements. It’s not necessary to use heavy equipment to create new dimensions in your yard. A simple shovel can be enough to add a few small terraces to your landscape.
Design the landscape with your lifestyle in mind. You can use hedges to mute traffic noise if that is an issue for you. Designate a section for a kid’s play area if you have children. If you like to entertain, include a patio or outdoor kitchen, or even a pizza oven!
Now that you’re ready to tackle your landscaping project, you’ll have to do such a great job that your neighbors will not only want to visit, they’ll ask you what your secret is. The most difficult part of this project might just be persuading your friends that you did it all by yourself, as the tips outlined here will make your yard appear as if it was taken care of by a landscaping professional. Have fun with it!