A landscaping project is not something you go into lightly, which is why it is so important to plan every aspect of it. Planning your landscaping project can help you save money, be prepared for obstacles, and leave you with a cohesive look for your yard and home. Keep reading to learn about what things you should consider when planning your landscape, and questions you should ask yourself along the way.
While you are in the planning and design process of your landscape, it is important to consider every aspect of your landscape before any installation occurs. Some things to consider when planning your landscape are:
Cooperating with Wildlife
When designing your landscape, it is important to remember that you are not the only one who is going to be in your yard! Consider whether you want deer, birds, and squirrels in your yard. From there, you can choose if you want to plant plants that attract or deter wildlife. If you have a pet, consider the flowers that you are planing in your yard. Are they poisonous to your pet? Conduct some basic research to figure out if the plants in your design are going to have the effect you would like them to have on the local wildlife.
Creating a Sustainable Space
Sustainability is key when it comes to being good for our planet, as well as when it comes to being low-maintenance. Sustainability is a win-win! Choose plants that are native to your local area to be completely sustainable. These plants are drought-resistant, requiring much less water than other invasive plants. Native plants have their own defenses against native pests, meaning that you don’t have to put in the effort to use pesticides on them. Native plants also attract butterflies, bees, and birds, which will help your plants stay alive and healthy. Choosing sustainable and low-maintenance plants will save you money in the end, and leave you with a happy and healthy lawn.
Creating a Cohesive Look
Once you have narrowed down the list of plants you want, it’s time to think about how your landscape is going to look when all of the pieces are put together. Your garden, walkway, driveway, and any hardscaping you put in your yard are all going to effect the overall look of your landscape. Playing around with textures and colors can be fun, but it is important to create a cohesive look to your yard. If you have only boxwood and hostas in the front yard, and peonies, hydrangeas, and wildflowers in the back, it will not flow nicely from one side to the other. Use one or two base plants in all sides of your yard, and mix in one to three different plants all over in order to have a balanced variety.
Multi-Purpose or Dual-Functionality
If you are considering doing hardscaping in your yard, consider a sustainable way of doing so, and create multi-purpose hardscapes. Turn a retaining wall into a seating area, or build an outdoor fireplace to serve as both an outdoor heater and outdoor lighting. There are so many ways to turn your hardscaping project into something multi-functional, it just takes a little imagination! Think of every hardscaping project you want to incorporate into your design, and ask your landscaper how you could combine those two things.
Spend Your Money Where it Counts
Planning your landscape can save you money in the long run, as you are less likely to waste materials or buy too much in the first place. Invest in your landscape by spending your money where it counts–don’t buy that expensive tree if it’s invasive, and will cost you even more money to maintain. You’ll be spending far less of your budget when you choose native plants, and can spend what you have left in your budget on new outdoor furniture, or save it for a rainy day! One important thing to remember when designing your landscape is that it you are not just paying for the installation of your softscaping and hardscaping, but you will also be paying for the upkeep of both of these. Choosing native plants and multi-purpose hardscaping will help you spend your money where it counts, and keep your yard looking great far into the future.
After considering these things for your landscaping plans, there are some questions that are important to ask yourself in the designing process. Are you planning for the future when you are hardscaping? Your kids may outgrow that built-in playground in just a few years, so it may be better to skip it and spend your money in something that will be useful in the future, like a seating area or a firepit. How often will you use every hardscape you want to put in? Just because your neighbors have two seating areas, doesn’t mean that you need to have them too. If you don’t think you’ll use it enough, it won’t be worth it. Lastly, do you have time to maintain everything? Maybe you would love to put a pool into your backyard, but you don’t have the time, energy, or budget to maintain it.
It is important to plan your landscaping to save materials, money, and time, but it is also important to consider sustainability, maintenance, and functionality when you are in the designing process. Considering these things will leave you with a environmentally-friendly, healthy, and low-maintenance yard that will last you for years to come.