Landscaping a home is like putting a cherry on a sundae. Dressing up the front or back yard will make your home look and feel complete while providing beautiful aesthetics. With so many appealing options to choose from, starting a landscaping project may seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Your landscaping project can be as ambitious or simple as you want it to be. However, whatever the size and scope of your project, here are a few thing to keep in mind when planning the perfect garden.

 Do’s

1. Look before you start

Our first instinct may be to jump right into the project, but look at the overall landscape before doing anything.  Consider your garden space as a whole and try to plan for an overall landscaping look and feel. This will make your garden flow more. If you choose to tackle one area of your garden at a time, without an overall plan, it may be years before you actually complete the project.

 2. Develop a focal point

For the best results, you want the eye to travel to a specific point or destination.  This can be done with one or two visual elements that will capture the attention and make you pause for a second.  A focal point can be achieved with a pond or a fountain, a special seating area or a beautiful gazebo.

 3. Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try to avoid having the same color or the same design throughout the entire landscape.  This can make your garden seem boring and monotone, when it should feel relaxing and inviting.  Try mix and match to achieve a more natural and appealing environment. But be careful not to over do it.  Find two or three visually creative ideas and mix and match them.  It will bring the landscape to life.

 Don’ts

1. Don’t eliminate the yard

While you do want to consider the entire yard space when planning your landscape, you should avoid completely eliminating the yard.  Adding brick or stone, can be beautiful and offer low maintenance, but having greenery will liven up the yard and give it an inviting and natural feel.  Also, keeping some grass in your garden will help cool the landscape on a hot day and provide a soothing feel.

 2. Don’t take on multiple styles

Be careful when choosing the style of your landscape. While mi and matching, in moderation will liven up your garden, trying to mix completely opposite style may backfire. Try to avoid combining a minimalist stone courtyard with a formal English garden. The idea is to keep the landscaping flowing with an overall style and some focal points.

3. Don’t skip out on unseen materials

As with building a house, the foundations of a landscaping project are very important. Don’t skimp out on the materials. Make sure your drainage is done properly, that the deck sits on solid foundations, that the pond has the appropriate amount of sand and gravel underneath it, that you have enough good quality dirt for your flower beds, etc. By investing in these foundation materials and following the directions correctly, you will reap the benefits of a beautifully landscaped garden without having to worry about future problems.

Harry Saggu
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