For those that are just beginning to landscape, the process may be difficult. It’s important to first make a list of your needs and wants. For instance, do you want a garden? Do the children need somewhere to play? These are just ideas and help bring together the entire design over time.
It also is important to understand the sun and wind patterns in your yard. This may influence where you want to place a patio or a fire fit. These are common mistakes in landscape design. By being aware of these little things, your future will be full of fun and not annoyances that keep you from enjoying your hard work.
Before you make a final decision, live with it for a while. Start small. From your master plan, choose one of your first needs and work on it slowly. Give yourself the time needed to see how things develop. For instance, if you want a garden then choose some plants and gradually build up a garden to your liking. It’s much easier to work on one project than take on an entire landscaping design at once.
Always work around a focal point. That can be a plant, a tree, a series of shrubs even a sculpture. The point is to draw the eye so that it moves through the landscape naturally. Scale and pacing is also important as it gives that put-together look. It’s important to repeat the same element whether a common color, shape or certain plant so it seems cohesive.
If you’re unsure of your final design, use temporary solutions such as annuals to take care of that area until you’re sure of what you want. Large landscaping features can be hard to move and annuals can always be taken out and perennials and shrubs can be transplanted to different places.
Design Tips to Freshen Up Your Landscape
- Bringing your yard to life doesn’t need to be a daunting take. You can remodel in phases and as time and budget allows you too. First step is to clean up. If you want to add shrubs or flowers, clean out and prep those areas you will be planting. Remove all pinecones, dead growth, sticks or leaves. Pull out any weeds or grass. Next, add a two-inch layer of composted mulch. Add an all-natural plant food and turn the soil to one shovel deep. Moisten that area and then it is ready to receive the new plants.
- Dress all plants: Top-dressing plants controls weeds, regulates the ground temperature, keeps soil moist and leaves a slightly finish. There are countless types of mulch to use.
Landscaping Trends – Do It Yourself Ideas
Professional landscaping services can be costly. However, there are many ideas available to implement to your current landscape that can spruce things up and make it trendy.
Old tree stumps can seem unsightly, but the truth is they can make a great decorative focal point. Use them as plant stands throughout your yard to draw attention to a beautiful plant. This also saves the time and money associated with paying for stumps to be removed (sometimes up to $500 at a time).
Do It Yourself Planters
Add some curb appeal to your garden or yard with do it yourself planters in wheelbarrows or wagons, really anything you have around that you don’t use and allows for a large base for planting.
Make your own hammock with sturdy fabric and some rope. Use two strong trees in your yard and enjoy the crisp air during warm weather months in a simple and cheap way.
Build Your Own Fire Pit
Fire pits are a great addition for any front or back yard. They can serve as decoration and bring liveliness to an entire landscape design. You can make your own fire pit with bricks or cinder blocks, sand or gravel, a shovel and a rake. Mark the center of where you want the fire pit (at least 25 feet away from structures or overhanding trees). Tie a string about half the diameter of the finished pit to another stake or a stick and pull the string taut. Make a perfect circle as an outline for your future fire pit. Next, dig the entire hole a few inches deep and remove any flammable materials under the pit. Place the stones around the perimeter of the pit and continue to stack the stones in layers until it is at least 12 inches tall. Lastly, fill the pit with sand or gravel.