When it comes to landscaping, the first thing you can do is to create a plan on paper. Putting a plan will save you the time or hassle of having to do the same thing over and over. A plan is created through a detailed design process which involves a step-by-step criterion that considers aspects such as space, the users of the yard, your desires, and functions of the plant. The goal is to create a landscape that is functional, aesthetically appealing, and environmentally sustainable.
Understand Your Space
When landscaping, your choice of flora must survive the average low and high temperatures for the region. To choose plants that are appropriate for your zone, you can utilize the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. However, you need to remember that the microclimates in your space can provide alternatives. The amount and length of sunlight exposure and the shade patterns in your yard create microclimates. Recording the conditions of the site, as well as the existing vegetable on the base map, will allow you to know about your yard’s microclimates. Vegetables and plants usually fall under one or two microclimate categories of full sun, shade, deep shade, and partial shade. You also need to remember that the sun/shade pattern can change depending on the season.
Do Not Forget the User
Whenever you think about landscaping, you need to consider who the users of your yard are going to be. In addition to that, you will need to consider aspects such as; how is the yard currently used, how would you like to use it, how would you want it to appear, and what is the budget. When budgeting, you need to consider factors such as the cost of materials, initial costs of installation and the maintenance costs.
Consider Plants’ Functions
Aesthetically, plants create an environment that is visually pleasing. Additionally, they are utilitarian since they transform the user’s surrounding into a comfortable environment by modifying temperatures, humidity, and light. For these reasons, you need to select your plants during the early planning stages. Different types of plants are selected for their functional capabilities. Therefore, when choosing your plants, you should also consider their required space and future purpose.
Always Consider Time
During landscaping and plant selection, it is imperative to consider the growth rate of the plant, its form and mature size, and the level of maintenance it will require. Depending on what size your space is, the level of maintenance expected, and the design intent, you can decide to work with fast or slow growing plants. Also, you need to know about the eventual mature size of your plant, so you don’t waste time cutting or planting more trees to replace the ones that have become old.
Your yard is an essential natural resource which increases the value of your property. It leads to a healthy and desirable community. The above concepts of landscaping will assist you in creating a functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable landscape design. Always remember to create a plan and put it on paper so you can save time by not repeating the same things over and over.