Design Landscaping

Written by Rachel Arieff
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When it comes to designing your landscaping, you need to reconcile the physical reality of your property with your creative ideas in the most satisfying way possible. In other words, most of us don't have exactly the yard we want in terms of size, shape, features, or sunlight. However, for the most success in our landscaping projects, we must recognize the facts of the land and work in accordance with them, not be in denial.

For example, some of us have yards that are mostly in shade. We may love caladiums, but unfortunately, if we choose to plant these outdoor tropicals in a yard lacking sun, they will quickly die. Rather than waste money on plants that will not survive the conditions of the yard, it pays to research thoroughly before planting. Find out what all your options are in regards to appropriate flora; from there, choose what you like the most.

The Well-Organized Landscaper

It sounds obvious, but I'll say it anyway: when determining your preferences, make sure to write everything down! If you plan on landscaping your yard yourself, make another list of all the tools and accessories you'll need to start. Keep these lists organized in one place so they'll be ready when the time comes to purchase all your materials. There's nothing worse than arriving home from the garden center, excited to get started, only to realize that you've forgotten half the things you need!

Finally, many of us get stumped while we're in the planning phase. We may see a space in the yard, know we want to do something with it, but not have a clue as to what. In these cases, professional landscaping consultants are a great resource. For an hourly fee, they will come over to your home, look over your yard, and help you come up with ideas--some of which may have never occurred to you.

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