Landscape Ideas Front to Back
Many of you out there are probably wondering how to come up with great landscape ideas. I always recommend that everyone start with a plan. The old saying that, “failure to plan, is planning to fail” is true in most aspects of life, and certainly in landscape design. Without a good plan, you may as well be stumbling around in the dark.
The best way to get started is to measure the area you plan on landscaping. Map everything out on paper before you pick up a shovel. Knowing the length and width of your garden space is essential to creating a great landscape plan. Your plan can range in complexity from a quick sketch to a highly detailed drawing. As a rule of thumb, I scaled my plans at a quarter of an inch equals 1 foot. This is the scale that most construction plans are created in.
Be sure to write out a complete and accurate materials list before going to the nursery. By having a materials list, you will be able to create an accurate estimate of how much your landscaping project is going to cost. If you’re on a budget this is an essential step.
After you have a complete materials list, make sure that you are aware of the trending prices of different plants and products. This is important to know, because you will find that some items vary greatly not only at different times of the year, but also due to other factors, such as poor weather or natural disasters. Don’t be overwhelmed by the cost. Landscaping on a budget is possible.
Front Yard Landscape Ideas
A well-designed front yard landscape will not only showcase your home, it can also enhance the physical appearance of your home. To find ways to improve the landscape of your front lawn, start by perusing landscaping articles or books to generate new ideas. If you’re working on a small budget, can break your landscape plan up into sections. Putting together your landscaping project piece by piece, will make it easier for you to get exactly what you want.
Enhancing your front yard provides so many opportunities to improve the curb appeal of your home. One great idea that I use on a regular basis is using containers. Putting unique flowers, shrubs or small trees in appropriate containers provides many opportunities. Container gardening allows the homeowner the opportunity to change their design at will.
Add soft curves to the edges of your rock beds and flower beds for an instant update. Curved beds are the newer style and much more up-to-date than a sharp corner or straight line. This is an inexpensive way to give a more contemporary appearance to your garden.
Create a mufti-seasonal garden to get a lot from your landscaping efforts. Select plants that will grow in the winter, summer, fall and spring, as is realistic for your area. You can use trees with cool foliage or evergreens which keep your garden looking nice all year.
Landscaping is a lot more than just planting trees and grass. To add texture and substance, look for opportunities to include wood, cement or iron structures. Elements like trellises, pergolas and fountains are an easy way to add instant dimension to a space. Know your budget beforehand, and you will still likely be surprised by the options available to you.
Backyard Landscape Ideas
It seems like these days, the backyard is where most families do their living. Adding outdoor living spaces to the backyard landscape can enhance the lifestyle of families and single people as well. Creating an outdoor kitchen was an awesome barbecue grill and seating area is on everyone’s list for a great backyard.
Besides the obvious additions to your backyard, such as a patio or outdoor kitchen, there are many other options. Water is a great element to add to any design. It is easy to install a small pool, a pump or a fountain. Adding water to your design will provide a point of focus. Adding a small waterfall or pond is a simple straightforward process most people can accomplish in a couple of days. If it’s in your budget, you can hire a professional landscaper to install your water feature.
When creating your backyard living spaces I always liked to buy the highest-quality products I can afford. That means choosing granite for most of the surfaces in your outdoor kitchen. While there are more inexpensive surface options, granite is often the most attractive, durable and versatile choice. By using the best quality products you can ensure your backyard will look as good 10 years from now as it does 10 days from now.
Creating a Design
When you first began planning a new landscape design, you should always draw the hardscaping elements into your plan first. Hardscaping includes such things as, decks, arbors, pergolas, patios etc. Many landscapes already have certain elements of the hardscape already in place. Elements such as a driveway or parking lot, sidewalks or porches are certainly things that are going to be immovable. After you have the outline of your landscape area and hardscape elements drawn into your plan, next you’ll begin drawing in plant beds.
If you’re adding to an existing landscape, you want to draw in all the location of the current garden beds, and the location of all the existing plants shrubs and trees within those garden beds. If you’re starting from scratch, you can skip that step.
Choosing the right plants entails much more than just going to the nursery and buying whatever looks good at the time. A great deal of thought needs to go into choosing the right plants. All plants have different sunlight requirements. Some like the morning sun, some like afternoon or late day sunshine, and others prefer to be in the shade. Of course there are also many plants that need full sun. Choose plants based on sunlight amounts, soil chemistry and water needs. Place plants with similar needs close together in your landscape design.
The first thing you’ll need to know is how when choosing plants much sunlight your garden area receives. You should always know where the sun rises and where it sets. I always like to go to my local garden center to consult with the experts. The horticultural experts at your garden center will know what the needs of all the different plants are. The garden center experts will be an invaluable resource to help you appropriately choose the proper area for each plant.
Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid
The number one biggest mistake I see people make when beginning a landscaping project is, not having a plan. By not having a plan you could easily end up with a landscape that lacks a harmonious design. Having a good plan gives you the opportunity to create a specific theme or look that best matches the existing hardscape and other structures.
The second biggest mistake I see people make in their landscape is putting all of their energy, time and money into the backyard skipping the front yard entirely. The front yard is where you have the greatest ability to create a great first impression. Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. Something as simple as planting nice colorful flowers or repainting the front door and go long ways in creating a great first impression.
Another mistake I see people make regarding their landscaping, is underestimating the amount of time it takes to maintain it. The best way to maintain a landscape is to create a schedule. Of course sticking to the schedule is pretty important to. If your plants are growing most likely there will be weeds growing also. Put weeding in your schedule at least once or preferably twice a month. Some weeds might require a weekly weeding. If you have a lawn it should be mowed at least once a week. Of course, it’s in your budget you can hire someone to do your maintenance for you.
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