If variety is the spice of life, then it is no wonder that we embrace change in our everyday lives. From the clothes we wear, to the way we decorate our homes change helps keep things fresh and new. But when it comes to our home’s landscaping, change is not as easy as buying a new item for our wardrobe, or putting some fresh paint on the walls. When we make changes in our landscaping they are difficult and time consuming to undo, and returning used items to the store is often impossible. That is why it is important to have a solid plan in place before you bring your landscaping ideas to life.

One thing to remember when formulating your landscaping ideas is that unlike interior decorating, landscaping has a dynamic and organic canvass on which to work. The inside of your home changes at a time of your choosing, but your landscaping takes its queues from Mother Nature. Plants die, trees grow, and rains can erode your hard work in one short day. A good landscape plan will take all those factors, and more, into account. It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the art of landscaping while ignoring the science, but good landscaping is as much engineering as it is inspiration, so before you put your landscaping ideas into action consider some of the following tips and warnings.

When you set off to tackle your landscaping ideas, avoid doing the work in a piecemeal fashion. It is easy to fall into the trap of sporadically planting flowers and placing stones in drab corners of your property, but doing so can give you a finished product that lacks cohesiveness. If you want your landscaping to have a unified look and feel, then you have to start from scratch. Put together a landscaping plan for the entire property before you set off and start digging.

Another important thing to remember is that good landscaping ideas must take advantage of the land and features you have to work with. How much direct sun does your property receive? Do you have areas that are sunny while others are shady? Do you have heavy soil that drains slowly, or sandy soil that drains quickly and retains little water? Is your property flat or hilly? Do you live in an area where plants and colors are living year round, or do the cold winters rob you of your plants and colors? The answers to those questions can help you arrive at a landscaping plan that will give you the best chances for success. With some help or research you can find the proper plants, flowers, grasses, watering plans, and architectural features to best suit your property.

Lastly, good landscaping ideas have an eye toward proportion, both in the scale of the project and the amount of time you have to dedicate toward building and maintenance. Be sure to build features that have a size that is fitting with the size of your home. Building a massive stone waterfall in front of a small cottage would look out of place, just as a single small flowerbed would do little to enhance the landscaping of a massive mansion.

Remember that things like ponds, retaining walls, hedges, and trees often appear much larger when installed than they do when they reside only in your imagination. In many cases, smaller plans make for better finished results. And remember proportion when considering the upkeep of your landscaping ideas. Things like pools, ponds, or waterfalls require cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis, so try not to create more work than you have time to do.

Landscaping is a matter of taste, just like clothes or interior decorating. The art and beauty of landscape design is in the eye of the beholder, but the science of a good plan is universal. If you want a landscape project that will make the most of what you have, then make sure that your landscaping ideas are fitting with your time, resources, and property.

Riley Hendersen
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