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Tips On Landscaping Your Garden

Aug 17, 2007
Everyone knows that one of the key elements to having a beautiful home is having a great landscaped background. Planning your landscape design definitely requires making a plan. There are plenty of common landscape design ideas and features available for you to gain inspiration when beginning an attractive landscape project. With a few helpful tips, you can save money on your landscaping without sacrificing quality or beauty and get yourself a fulfilling landscaping experience.

Tips #1 - Before planning, look at all the resources you already have

The first step in doing your landscape is to look at what you already have. Keep a list of things you presently like and dislike, as well as your plan for the use of your landscape space. Be sure to bear in mind how your home looks during different seasons, and what you like and dislike about each one. Keep a record of all the good things about your existing landscape, the changes you'd like to make, and the additional landscaping design you would like to have. Ideally, you should do this for one year, so that you can see what you have during each season. A tip to do this is to keep a journal or folder of landscape ideas. Find out what is it that you like and dislike about the current landscape design and write it down in this folder or journal.

Tips #2 - Steal your landscaping ideas from other people

Originality is good, but not in the case of landscaping. If you have seen any landscaping design that you like, copy it, tweak it and make it your own. Trust me, originality often fail people. Things always turn out different from what you imagine in your mind.

You can gather ideas by looking at pictures in books, magazines, on the Internet, or by driving around the neighborhood and taking pictures. Next to the images you collect make certain you take in the things that you believe you will need to construct a particular feature, or keep notes on things you would do to tweak a design to make it all your own. Combine different design ideas into something that you like. The point is to look for ideas that will help you accomplish your goals, while you are thinking about what you already have and what you will use your landscape for.

Tips #3 - Take into consideration the style of your home

Nothing is more awful than having different styles built into your landscape and your home. Before beginning your landscaping work, the style of your home must be taken into account. 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. However, if you prefer to spend your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care garden and landscape.

Tips #4 - 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. If you have a rural cottage, formal gardens surrounding it will look out of place. When planning your landscape, keep in mind your space needs. Do you want to include an area for entertaining? A barbeque? Would the flowerbed in the middle of the lawn inhibit family games? Is there to be an area for children to play, a fishpond or a swimming pool? An idea of the plants you want to be there will also help. Focus on the area where you spend most of your time. That's a good place to start.

Tips #5 - When planning your landscape, keep in mind your space needs

When planning your landscape, be sure and take into consideration what the space will be used for. The best designs combine attractiveness with utility and are an essential part of the landscaping process.

Tips #6 - Think twice before hiring a designer

Do you know that an independent designer might cost you hundreds of dollars. Before hiring a pro to do the job, check out the various free resources first. You may be able to access free plans on the internet or at a nursery. But if you have an awkward block such as very steep ground, a designer may give you the expertise to save costly mistakes.
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Cindy Heller is a professional writer. To learn more about landscaping rock and backyard landscaping, visit backyard landscaping idea.
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