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Landscaping Plans

Planning your landscape design is vital to ensure its success.  The planning process involved checking each area of the garden and understanding how ...

 

Planning your landscape design is vital to ensure its success.  The planning process involved checking each area of the garden and understanding how much sun, shade, water and gradient it has prior to starting your landscaping design.

The first step to a successful landscape plan is to draw up on graph paper the dimensions of the property you are working with.  Walking through the area on a dry day after a few days of no rain will show you where the dry areas of your garden are.  The same notes should be taken after prolonged rain to see where water accumulates and what drainage may be required in order to prevent water damage and drowning of plants.  Knowing which areas of your garden retain less water will be suitable for garden structures such as gazebos and pergolas while decking posts will benefit from dry areas too.

Taking stock of all the plants already growing will also give you an idea of which areas are better for growth and which plants you can include in your overall landscape design.  Every garden will have some redeeming features and seeing those before you begin your design can result in utilizing some already established plants.

Natural features such as rock formations and boulders can make wonderful features too, so there is no reason to take those out unless they cannot possibly fit into your final design.  Another feature that will require your attention is levelling or filling in areas.  Creating different levels within a landscape is a wonderful idea and introducing irrigation systems may require that you build up certain areas and reduce others.

On completion of your landscape plan, you can now begin to start your landscaping design, taking advantage of the dry and wet areas as well as any natural features you may have to enhance the overall look.

Landscaping Design Software

 

If you are planning your garden landscape, having access to a 3D depiction of the final product can dramatically change your decisions on where and how to locate features as well as garden structures.  This is how landscaping design software pays for itself in ensuring that you are happy with the final design before you begin to spend money and later find out that corrections in your design are required.

Consulting with a landscape artist or designer is a great way to get a professional opinion on what you should be doing with your garden, but if this service is too expensive then software will be an ideal second option.  Landscape design software programs have become very simple to use which means that even if you don´t have a lot of computer experience you will be able to use the to great effect.  The cut and paste features will help you to see exactly what type of structures will fit into as well as look good in different areas around your garden.

In addition to making use of software to design your garden, there are also a huge number of pictures of garden designs online for you to look through which will help to inspire and motivate you to get your garden as beautiful as you can.  Some of the software programs will also allow you to cut and paste additional features such as pergolas, gazebos and other great garden structures that you find online into your 3D model and after completion can allow you to “virtually” walk through your garden to see how it will look from all angles.

In addition to showing what your garden will look like, you can also add features such as dates when certain plants will be in bloom, so that you can see what your garden will look like, not just in the spring and summer but also how to improve it during the winter for an all year round gorgeous landscape.

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

 

Low maintenance landscaping is extremely popular and no more so than for your front yard which is always on display.  You may opt to have professionals design your front yard for you, but in the event that your budget doesn´t allow for this, there are a few key factors you can introduce into your garden that will improve the look without breaking the bank.

Reducing the amount of grass you have in your front garden will reduce the amount of maintenance it requires.  Using clover as an alternative is a great way to add vegetation to your front yard without the need to mow.  In addition to not requiring any mowing, clovers are also very adaptable and don´t require a lot of watering either.  They will do well in virtually any setting and have a natural resistance to bugs which makes then ideal for both front and backyards.

Incorporating an irrigation system into your front garden will also ensure that you don´t have to spend much time watering your plants.  Drip irrigation systems as best as they constantly drip feed your garden plants and keep them at the optimum level of moisture.  In addition to saving you time, they also save you money as you won´t need to water as much with the constant drip feeding will keep the soil moist all day long.

Paving stones and pathways can also reduce the amount of foliage that you require with just a few key feature items to make the front yard area inviting.  Many people opt for other features such as fountains and birdbaths that entice other animals and creatures to your garden without having to do a great deal of designing.  Whatever your choice, make sure that your front yard landscape has great curb appeal if you want to keep your neighbours happy.