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3 Tips for Planning Your Garden Landscape

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Many people opt to hire a professional landscape artist like this Binghampton landscape services company, due to the magnitude of designing and implementing a new garden design. While you may need to do this, consider the following information before you make any final decisions.

Envision the Finished Design

The first thing you need to do is decide what elements you want incorporated into your final landscaping plans. Check out the size and angles of your current landscape as you are looking around. Do you want to have an outdoor kitchen or similar area for entertaining? Do you have enough free space to consider a hot tub or an endless pool for swimming?

Maybe you would like to have a dedicated playground for children or a full-sized swimming pool. Think about whether you would like to be able to grow some edible foods and whether or not you want to incorporate water designs or solar powered items into the final design. Knowing exactly what you want can help you with the planning process.

Consider Your Home and Life Style

Look at your home and the surrounding area carefully. The more formal your home, the more formal the garden should be. You want the final landscaping to be aesthetically pleasing in the context of your home and the neighborhood.

You also need to think about the time that you have to devote to upkeeping your garden. If you enjoy spending time digging in the dirt, pruning and weeding, then you can grow a greater variety of plants than if you have little time and interest to devote to maintaining the garden to be sure it doesn’t end up looking like a jungle. Of course, if you can afford to have a professional lawn care firm perform these maintenance tasks regularly, you can plan in that direction.

Decide if you can do the work, if you should hire a professional or if the tasks can be split between the two. For instance, you may need to get a company in for steep slopes or areas with difficult soil. Additionally, you will most likely need a pro for pool installation and similar jobs.

While planning, think about these garden styles:

Formal – This style has strong geometric lines and tight formations.

Informal – Utilizes curves and apparently random placement of plants. Good for cottages and small old-fashioned style homes.

English Garden – Focuses on harmonious appearance between home and landscaping.

Formal/Informal Garden – Has a brick walkway ending with a circular plant display. Similar to the English Garden without harsh borders.

Oriental – Uses evergreen plants, rocks instead of grass, and creative water features for a peaceful presentation. Works best with smaller yards.

Woodland – For homes surrounded by woods and/or sloping surfaces, wild trees and plants create a natural getaway in the backyard.

Additional Design Tips

Make use of garden furniture

Stylish garden furnishings like an outdoor sofa can do so much to improve the look of the garden once it is landscaped. Place items like rattan loungers and table and chair sets in the most strategic locations to attract the attention of visitors. Garden furniture, when correctly placed, can also make your outdoor space seem bigger.

Create terraces 

Use planter boxes of various heights to enhance the dimensions in specific parts of the garden. The plants you grow in the planters will further boost the beauty of the garden, especially when color co-ordinated.

trumpet vines

Trumpet vines on a wall

Add vines – Adding crawling vines to bare walls and fences around your lawn is a smart idea to create an illusion of continuity of space. There are several types of vines you can use; perhaps the most attractive being trumpet vines.