Let’s face it, landscaping is a pretty big job to take on and it can eat up your time and money. Hiring a professional landscaper can cost even more money. So before you do that, here are a few tips to do the job yourself while saving time and money.
The first thing you need to be clear on is exactly how you want the finished design to look. Take in account the function and style of the landscape you are trying to achieve. You may want a special area to entertain friends. An area set aside for barbecuing would be nice. If you have children, you’ll need an area for them to play in.
Maybe you have future plans for a swimming pool or even a small fish pond. You also need to determine which types of plants you want. Take special attention on the area where you’ll be spending most of your time. That’s where you should start the planning.
Hiring a professional for the job will get it done quickly but think it over before you do that. The price for their services can run-up in the hundreds of dollars whereas you can go on the Internet and find free landscaping plans that could be exactly what you’re looking for. If you are unfortunate enough to have a bad area like a very steep grade, a professional could save you money on that and you would avoid making many costly mistakes.
Your house and landscape need to blend in with a natural look so take in account the style of your house. A formal garden surrounding a rural cottage home would look totally unnatural. Be sure to think about your own lifestyle as well. Are you the type that enjoys pruning plants and caring for many beds of annuals? If you do, then plan for that but if you’re the type that wants a nice low maintenance garden and just mainly want to enjoy its beauty, be sure to take that into account when starting your plan.
There are various styles of landscaping for your garden you can choose from. Let’s briefly examine a few.
The English-style garden makes a special attempt to blend the architecture of the house with the garden. This gives the feel of the house and gardens a natural look as if that’s how nature intended it to be.
The woodland style is best suited for homes with sloping grounds and lots of trees around the house.
The informal style of landscaping is a nice compliment to small homes and cottages. Random placements of plants and curved bordering blends in well with these types of homes. Avoid using straight-line bordering when using this style.
The formal style is a well-ordered design with perfect geometrical shapes and straight-line borders. Everything is placed in an orderly way with no random placements. Plants are closely arranged and pruned to perfection.
The oriental-style garden is often found in small backyards and consists of rocks, water, and evergreens. A variety of plants of different shapes and sizes are used to give the garden unique angles that are pleasing to the eye.
Those were just a few of the many designs you can choose from. Your local library, gardening magazines, and the Internet are some good sources to find other designs.