Summer is just around the corner which means many homeowners are beginning to turn their attention . If you’ve got visions of freshly trimmed lawn, sharp borders and perfectly pruned shrubbery, you might be tempted to get a shovel and lawn mower out immediately, but there’s more to a landscaped garden than just the look of it.
Of course, the aesthetic of a landscaped garden is of utmost importance, but you need to think strategically about it before you start digging curved borders.
Here are tips you should keep in mind before you start landscaping your garden.
1. Think Practically
Odds are, if you’re thinking of landscaping your garden, you probably like spending time in it, and that means there will be certain requirements you need to factor in. Whether it’s a seating area for summer barbecues or a lawn area for your pets to do their business, there will be a few things that must be included in your landscaped garden. It’s important to factor this into your landscape design because although your garden needs to look nice, above all it needs to function for you.
Make sure you and all members of your household can navigate through the garden safely and that it’s usable for everyone, otherwise you won’t able to truly enjoy your carefully manicured outdoor space!
2. Factor in the Weather
If your landscaped garden is going to include a multitude of plants, you need to be thinking about the weather i.e. wind patterns and natural light exposure. Certain plants just won’t thrive in areas without lots of sun and vice versa. Likewise, if you want to have a fire pit but there’s a particularly windy area of your garden, it’s best for you avoid putting the fire pit in that area otherwise it will struggle to stay alight.
Observe your garden and plan your layout accordingly. It’s far better to be prepared from the very beginning than to try and move things around when it’s too late, or watching your hard plant efforts get hampered by the weather and your expensive plants dying as a result.
3. Draw it Out
Any landscape project will include paper plans, but if you have a blank canvas and you’re wondering how the flow will work in real life, spray paint your drawing onto your garden, or use packing tape to create a realistic scaled plan. If you want a six foot by three foot planter on the left hand side of your garden but are wondering if you’ll be able to fit in a similar size planter on the opposite side as well as a decked area in the middle, tape/spray a realistic scaled outline on your existing garden and see if it’s a workable space. If you can’t do this, make sure you do scaled drawings on paper and measure the space you have before you start buying things.
4. Make a Focus Point
Every good landscaped garden has a single focus point which should be the centre of attention. Whether it’s a water feature, a climbing wall, a tree or a seating area, make sure you have something in your landscape plan that dominates the aesthetic in a positive way. You don’t want multiple big elements as this will confuse the eye, but at the same time, a lack of a focal point will make the garden appear lackluster.
Hopefully these tips will help you on your landscape journey and allow you to create the garden of your dreams with minimum hassle and mistakes first time round.