Landscaping: Where Do I Begin?

Landscaping has become a staple in the home making industry. Nowadays, a lot of homeowners arrange ample time in the planning of the aesthetics and functional elements of their garden. They make sure that the hardscape elements, like patio and pool, in the property are in its right place while guaranteeing that the softscape components, such as plants, thrive throughout the year. However, many new homeowners do not know where to begin in the journey that is landscaping.

What should I do? Where do I begin?

These are just a few of the many questions that run in the mind of a beginner landscape owner. With that, here are three simple yet helpful tips that will really be of good use to you as you build the landscape of your dreams.

1. Find a theme.

First thing’s first, find a theme and stick to it. The theme is the design wherein the garden’s overall look will be focused around. There are various styles and themes to choose from. A landscape magazine is the perfect place to find inspiration for your property however, not everyone has easy access to that.

Worry not! With just a few taps on your phone, a wide array of options can be found on the internet.  From Mediterranean, European formal, and Japanese zen garden styles, a homeowner would be in awe of the many different styles from all over the world. If international styling is not the road the homeowner wishes to pursue, choosing to mimic the natural landscape in the local neighborhood or town is also a great decision.

Being able to select a theme would make it easier for you to plan your way around the landscaping process. This includes the hardscape elements of the garden.

2. Select your softscape elements.

One of the common mistakes new owners do is picking out exotic plants just because it looks different and unique. The local environment including the soil and weather will affect your garden in the long run and this may or may not result in a bad gardening experience.

Always pick out plants that thrive in your local environment. Opting out from using exotic plants in the landscape will save you from unnecessary expenses during damage control.

3. Hire a landscape architect.

Nothing beats knowing that your garden is in good hands. Hiring a licensed landscape architect is one of the best investments for your home. As professionals, they will be able to design a landscape that will add value to your home, should you wish to sell this in the future, and they will also guarantee that you will be enjoying all the good things nature has to offer.

People like to say that landscaping is both art and science combined. Indeed it is as it takes dedication and knowledge to make sure that the multiple plants in the garden look just as pleasing as it is alive. After deciding on a budget, you can now follow these three easy steps to make your dream landscape a reality.