If you have just purchased a house, have recently moved into new premises, or just want to update the look of your front yard, don’t hesitate to launch a landscaping project. The idea may seem daunting too contemplate, but it is not. Whether you want to go the DIY route or plan to enlist the help of landscapers and designers, the first step is picturing in your mind how you want your garden to look like. It gives you direction plus it will save you time and money in the long term.
Creating Ideas for your Dream Garden
You must have seen landscapes or gardens during your holiday or visited a friend garden you really enjoyed. You can also draw inspiration from a Home and Garden magazine or two finding pictures of gardens that you wished to duplicate. These are just two resources to get you started. Next, make a must-have list where the normal garden stuff should go such as the right soil, the plants, shrubs and flowers you want to plant, the paving you like, etc.
Next, think about the future elements you may want to add, such as a pool or a cabana. You are not the only one who will use the garden, so ask family members want they want to see in your garden. Dad may want a spot where he can practice his golf swing or the kids may want a sand pit or a place to hold tea parties.
Don’t forget the pets – they may also want a space in the garden where they can freely play. Some may be big ideas, but dreaming of adding these elements doesn’t cost a thing and you don’t need to put them all at once.
Now, draw rough sketches of the space and where you want to place things. The sketches don’t need to be perfect because they are not master plans, just ideas.
Points to Consider
Consider the sun and wind. How much sun do want to get in your garden and how do you want to utilise it? In which direction does the wind blow around your house? These points are often overlooked, especially by homeowners who have not experienced the four seasons in their new home. It is not advisable to make quick conclusions about the placing of certain elements in your garden because the sun and wind can change in any given season. For new homeowners, consult your neighbours to find out what they did to their own gardens.
Start small. Although you can do a garden renovation without disrupting the entire household it is still wise to start small one area at a time. You have a higher probability of finishing and finishing well.
Stick with one style or theme and implement it throughout the garden.
Plan the work according to hours available and jobs necessary. You will be better served by doing simple projects such as clearing a garden, weeding an area, planting, etc. These are tasks that you can manage to do after work hours or during the weekend. You can do these tasks easily bit-by-bit and before you know it you will be halfway to the end of the project.
Patience is a Virtue in Landscaping Projects
Apart from all these tips, it also pays to exercise patience when undertaking a landscaping project. It is a work in progress; you will not see your dream garden immediately. The shrubs need to grow, the roses need time to flourish, the soil needs to settle in, etc. Remember, your garden needs care and maintenance to improve with time.