Designing your own landscape can be both exciting and challenging. It can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. So if you are considering such a project, here are some practical ideas and suggestions.
Planning the Project
Planning your landscape design is the first and most important step. Take the time to gather the information you will need to make your decisions on the elements you wish to include in your landscape design. Will you want a deck, patio, footpaths, walkways, a pond? What type of plants, trees, flowers, and ground cover will you want to use? You should research books, articles, and landscape design magazines to help you make these decisions. This will pay off in the end by saving you money, time, and frustration, enabling you to end up with a beautifully finished project to be proud of.
The landscape design is your next step. You will need to make a layout of the area to be landscaped, as close to scale as possible, and with accurate measurements. Many landscape design planning guides that will give you step-by-step instructions are available on the internet for free, and books or eBooks are abundant. Once your landscape design layout is done you can begin to place your elements on the layout pad. This should be your first or preliminary plan and as you progress, changes can be transferred to your secondary or updated plans. Changing your mind often is just fine. After all, this is just on paper at this point and you have not spent any money or performed any labor yet. Experimenting with a few plans is necessary before you come up with the final landscape design. A well-planned landscape will never look the same in different seasons. Plan your landscape design to change with the seasons. You should attempt to design your landscape as maintenance-free as possible.
Landscape Design Software
If it is hard for you to visualize your finished landscape design by just looking at your layout, there is some very good landscape design software available. Much of the landscape design software was originally developed for professional landscapers, but since has been modified for the beginner who wants to do-it-themselves. There are many do-it-yourself landscape design software programs available today. Landscape design software lets you see a virtual picture of the landscape design and enables you to move items around and see the changes you make come to life. Some software allows you to import a photo of your home or building and designs the landscape around the photo. Most landscape design software programs offer advice on using and placing the many different elements available today in your landscape design. A well-designed landscape will always change with time, and some of the landscape design software available will allow you to view your landscape as it matures. You can see what it will look like 5 or 10 years from now when the trees have grown and the plants matured.
Many people like to incorporate a garden in their landscape design. Gardens can be tucked away in the corner of an area, or be the focal point of the entire landscape design. Gardens can even be strangely placed among the plants, flowers, and trees so they blend in with the entire landscape design. If you like to garden, don’t overlook all the garden design possibilities when planning your landscape design.