Creating your home landscaping design must take a variety of concerns into consideration – the lay of the land, the style of your home, yearly rainfall, location of buried utilities, drain lines, and more. Here are ten tips on creating your ideal home landscaping design. More than that, good landscaping goes beyond planting a few flower bulbs or setting out a young tree – although both those things might be included. It means thinking not only of what a plant might look like this year, but of how it might spread, how tall it will grow, and how it will affect the general environment of your area.
1. Check your local building and planting regulations. More than one fond landscaping dream has foundered when it came up against local building and planting codes. A little information, in the beginning, can save on disappointment later.
2. Learn the location of all utilities on your property – present and past. This prevents those embarrassing moments such as discovering that your lovely fountain will interfere with the sewer line, or that the seep that you thought might be a good location for a weeping willow is really a malfunction in your septic tank.
3. Make a sketch of your area, noting natural elevations, waterways, and similar features. Include items such as electrical lines, roadways, and shared boundaries – all of which can affect your plans.
4. Pencil in large items such as trees, in-ground swimming pool, koi pond or other relatively immovable features. Factor in the shade pattern of large trees – as well as the potential hazard from falling limbs. Consider not only how that beautiful live oak might affect your home today, but how it might affect your grandchildren or some other family in the distant future.
5. Obtain information about weather patterns and about your planting zone. You can save a lot on your landscaping and landscaping maintenance simply by selecting vegetation that will naturally grow well in your area. For example, apple trees require cold winter weather to grow and produce well, with citrus trees need a warmer climate.
6. An edible landscape can be a wonderful idea, but many food plants – especially fruit trees – can invite some unexpected guests, such as wasps, bees, rabbits, or opossums to your lawn area. The fruit can also create a need for daily cleanup during the fruiting season.
7. Establish specific borders around beds of low-growing plants such as flowers and herbs. This makes it easier to maintain both lawn and bed.
8. Use landscaping cloth under decorative mulch to separate lawn and decorative beds. This helps keep down the weeds in these areas, and can provide a pretty border between ornamental plantings and grass.
9. Xeriscape gardens are an ecological choice – but sometimes need to be pruned, trimmed and weeded to prevent them from looking unkempt. This also holds true for areas where native flowers and grasses are encouraged.
10. Before you plant or arrange anything, walk around the area and imagine what it will look like in five years, ten years or even twenty. How big will the trees grow? What happens if that bed of mint gets out of hand? Honeysuckle smells wonderful in the early spring and summer, but what will happen if it climbs your trees? Good planning prevents problems.
While creating your ideal home landscaping design, these ten tips can help get your dream place off to a good start. Even the best landscaping can develop need for correction, but careful consideration can help get your landscape plan off to a good start.