Designing has become a passion for a lot of people in recent years, especially interior design. But there are still a ton of people out there who need to become aware of the importance of designing for outdoor spaces too. Landscaping can be a pretty difficult process, more so if you have no idea where to start from.
In this article, we’ll list some of the most essential tips, in the hope of helping those of you out there who want to learn the basics of landscaping.
Set Your Budget and Needs
Before actually getting to work, there are a few things that you have to think about. First of all, think about how much money you want to spend on this landscaping project. You can either employ people to the job for you, or you can get your hands dirty and learn something from the entire experience. And if you do decide that you’re up for the job, try and think about how much you want to spend on all the tools, decorations and plants. This is your starting point.
After you’re all set on the money problem, start looking around your outdoor space, and think about what you actually want and what you actually need. This project can have different goals. Do you mostly want a place for your children to play, a place for you to relax and read a good book, or a garden where you can grow your own vegetables? After you’ve decided which kind of landscape you want to achieve, draw a sketch that you can use as a master plan.
Take a look around your yard and study the elements that surround it. Which is the windy part of the yard? That’s where you want to place a patio, otherwise, you’re going to regret if you put it in that part of the yard that gets a lot of sun. What’s that part of your outdoor space that gets the most wind? That’s definitely not the place where you want to build a concrete block grill.
See how natural elements can mess up your entire landscaping plan? Most people don’t think about this kind of things before getting to work, and that’s why not thinking about the location is maybe one of the most common mistakes in landscaping.
Landscaping, or transforming your entire outdoor space for that matter, isn’t a project that you can do in a day or two, or a week. It takes a lot of planning, dedication and hard work, especially if you decide to do it on your own. That’s why it is important for you to understand that you have to start with small changes. Turfing your property with the appropriate grass can be a good idea if you don’t know where to start from. After that, you can choose a certain spot in the yard and start working on it. Don’t do everything at once and think about small successes. If you manage to succeed with transforming smaller parts of the space, that’s how you get ready to complete the initial master plan, the large project.
Elements of Design
From colours and contrast to light and form, it is mandatory to have this kind of knowledge when getting involved in a landscaping project. You don’t have to get a degree or attend courses on exterior design, but you need to be able to understand the basic elements of what it means to create a good design. After all, when you are completely done with this project, you want your house and garden to look amazing; that’s the entire purpose, right?
Whatever you choose to do with your outdoor space and whether you do it yourself or not, make sure to always remember how amazing it is to embrace change. Remember to be patient when you go on this journey because landscaping is not what you see on TV; it takes a lot of hard work, determination and one’s will to change something for the better.