Landscaping a yard can be intimidating, but with good planning, this task can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. In this post – Ryan Glover shares his top 5 things to remember when designing your landscape.
1. Measure, measure, measure.
A good plan starts with accurate measurements of the entire space. Measure more than you think you may need. When it comes time to draw your landscape you will be able to produce a scale drawing that will make irrigation, plant selection, mulch and stone estimating much easier.
Go out and walk around your space during the morning, afternoon and evening to determine what types of sun conditions you have in your yard. Buildings, fences, existing trees and other objects create different microclimates that can determine the success or failure of plant material.
Take time to understand how different types of irrigation water and what will best for your situation. Drip irrigation is a popular option but still requires regular maintenance and knowledge. Planting new plants on an dripline will need additional hand watering the first year or two to become properly established. Also, as plants grow drips will need to be added or time increased to accommodate growing plants. So, be sure your system is easily expandable for any future updates.
Install your landscape in the proper sequence. Don’t be in a hurry to get sod laid down. Irrigation, lighting, water features, patios, hardscapes and planting should all be done prior to installing new sod.
5. Plant selection
Plant selection is key. This seems obvious but the right plant for the right spot is an old nursery cliche. Your soil conditions, water quality, light and how much time you spend maintaining your garden are all important factors. Properly spacing plants and mixing different seasons of interest will also help create an attractive space. Also, take time to learn how to properly install and water newly planted material so that it becomes well established.
There you have it, the top 5 landscaping tips for your new garden. If you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed you can schedule an appointment with one of our landscaping experts and we’ll be happy to help you with the process. From helping you pick out plants and irrigation systems to creating the entire landscape design we can help you with any or all of designing your new yard.
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