3 Tips on Starting Your Next Landscape Project

By: Richard Allen

Landscaping is not the kind of project most of us normally look forward to
doing. It always turns into a much bigger task than what we thought it would be, consuming much more of our time and energy than we could have predicted. But
before you hire an expensive professional, here are some tips that could save

1. Planning
Spend some time thinking about exactly how you want the final design to be. You
need to take account of the style and function of your landscape. Do you want to include an area for entertaining? Would you like to have barbeque? Do you
think there should be an area for children to play? Would you prefer to have a
fishpond or would you rather have a swimming pool? An idea in advance as to
what kind of plants you want there to be will also help. Keep your focus on the
area where you will spend most of your time. Planning is probably the most
important part of your landscaping project.

2. To Hire Or Not To Hire
Think twice before hiring a professional. An independent designer might cost you hundreds of dollars when you may be able to access free plans on the internet
or at a nursery. Some professional landscapers will only take on projects that
have a minimum charge. But, on the other hand, if you have an awkward piece of
land such as very steep incline or decline, a pro might give you the expertise
that will actually help to save money by avoiding costly mistakes.

3. Style
The style of your home should be taken into consideration. If you have a rural
cottage, formal gardens surrounding it will look out of place. Think also about
your lifestyle. Do you want to spend hours caring for many beds of annuals or
pruning beds of roses? If so, go ahead and plant them, but if you'd rather spend
your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care garden and landscape.

Here are the various landscape styles you can choose for your own garden:

a. Formal.
This style uses lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Orderly arrangement of plants instead of random positioning is employed. Close
arrangement and pruning is seen on many landscaped gardens with this style.

b. Informal.
This kind of landscaping works well with cozy cottages. Beds with curved edges
instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape

c. English Garden.
This style emphasizes the harmony between the house's architecture and the

d. Formal/Informal Garden.
This style often comes with a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway
leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles
the English garden style but it has no formal borders.

e. Oriental.
It is often the kind of garden found in small backyards. It uses rocks,
evergreens and water. A wide variety of plants create several interesting angles
with this style.

f. Woodland. This landscaping suits a house that has a wooded backyard and
sloping ground.

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