Basic Landscaping Tips for Beginners

The primary requirement for designing your yard space is to have a never-ending enthusiasm for it and to remembering to plan efficiently before you start implementing. Of course, there are some easy to adopt tips that will make the road smoother for a beginner. The article will enlist some easy to understand design solutions for a new gardener. 

Understand your needs

Think about your needs before you even got for a design. What are the usages that you have in mind for your future yard space? It could be used merely as a decorative feature to your house, or a place to sit and relax in the spring. You might want to incorporate a play area for your kids or use it to build that dream vegetable garden. It is suggested to simply start with a pen and paper in your hand making a list of all your needs that you want to incorporate into the garden space. With a list in hand, you will be better positioned to start planning your spaces and thinking about the necessary changes that you need to bring in.

Understand your spaces

With a clear idea of your necessities, go outdoors and check your yard space. Check for the available areas where you can incorporate different needs that you have planned for. Observe the areas of shade and those of sunlight at different times of the day. Make a note of the wind movement. Observe the soil type and whether it varies at different places of the yard with respect to moisture levels. Make sure to take note of the natural slopes. All these factors will play a crucial role when incorporating your planned needs. Shady areas may be reserved for play or sit out zones. Sunny areas can be kept for your favourite plants that thrive with long sunny hours or could be used up by a tender kitchen garden. You might also want to keep your sitting areas out of the direction of winds or even plant some large trees in the path of the winds. Understand your needs to move in and around the garden space to plan your pathways. Develop a watering strategy by understanding the angle of the sun.

Everything said above is utterly impossible before you actually start spending time in your outdoor space. You might need to spend large parts of your initial days sitting in your yard space, moving your chair from one location to another. Nothing will give you a better understanding of the natural settings than spending time out there. Understand the focal points in your yard and use them later for some eye-catching shrubs, a tree or maybe even placing your exquisite statute. Also, make note of the areas that can be viewed from your living space or any other windows that interface with the garden. Everything designed, planned or planted in these zones will take care of the overall view that will be available to a person sitting behind those windows.

Simplicity is the key

Do not go for complex solutions or overdone design requirements. Include the most important things as a first step. Definitely go for your intuition and work your design around it. If old-fashioned garden designs attract you and suit the look of your house, go for it Avoid cluttering your yard with too many details. Keep it simple or rather, start with a simple plan and build upon it as you progress and start living in the house.

Create new looks and focal points

Look beyond your garden to draw inspirations for creating new looks. Take inspiration from the environment and the natural surroundings in your region, or even from your neighbour’s yard. Create eye-catching views by planting vibrant coloured flowers in a corner or even using some bright and fashionable planters grouped together. Create focal points by planting a group of trees. Understand the native species and go for the most vibrant trees that exist in these regions. If there are some views that you do not want your visitors to miss, you could plant trees to frame these zones. Make sure you have some plants that can be used as statement pieces amidst your other greens.

Go by your instincts

As said above, go by your instincts when designing your outdoor spaces. The same applies to choosing the plants. It is always advisable to include native plants and flowers in your garden to have an ever blooming look. However, if you love some of the old-fashioned flowers that you remember from your grandmother’s yard, find a way to incorporate them. If you have always wanted a personal kitchen garden, find a place for it and include some vibrant vegetables and some fragrant herbs to add another dimension to your yard space.

The idea is always to have a list of the plants that you have always wanted and select as many as possible from the same. Keep visiting your local nursery with this list to see what plants out of your list can be suitably grown within your garden area.

Evolve with time

The best gardens are those who do not get started with everything on the first day but grow and change with time. Include new designs, new plant species or even technological ideas within your yard space over the time based on your changing requirements.

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