If you want to landscape a garden the process can be extremely rewarding, but also potentially very expensive and difficult. Do it correctly and you can also keep your costs down if you are willing to put in a little time to fully plan it out.
To landscape a garden effectively you must ideally have some experience in the area of landscaping, or at least have knowledge of how to draw up a good and detailed plan that will help you with the landscaping process. Many people rush into landscaping a garden and then discover that they have not made sufficient preparations; this can be a disaster as you may need to spend a lot of money to correct the problems that you have created.
So, if you want to landscape a garden, there are a few tips that you will need to take onboard.
The first thing that you will need to do, as mentioned above, is to create a detailed landscape plan. Make a sketch on paper of your intended layout, including all of the features that you want in your garden i.e.. paths, patios and flower beds. Be realistic and don’t forget to measure your garden space before you create your plan; you may want to include certain features in your new garden, but may find that you simply do not have the space for them all. By making a plan now, you could save yourself a lot of hassle and money in the long-term.
Of course at this stage you can also choose to hire the expertise in. A landscape gardener or landscaping company bring all the expertise and attention to detail to you. This can save you time and hassle, but will of course cost a little extra and add to your budget.
Next you will need to buy your materials i.e.. gravel, pebbles or paving slabs for your paths, trees, plants and any other items that you intend to plant in your garden and any structural materials that you may need i.e.. materials for sheds, raised flower beds or for any other features that you want to include in your garden. Don’t buy the first materials that you see, take adequate time to shop around in order to get the very best deal.
Make good use of the internet to compare prices at different garden and DIY shops and always ask them for their ‘best’ price; if you buy a lot of materials from the same company, they may be willing to give you a slightly cheaper deal. Think carefully about how you are going to store your materials once you have them; it’s no good leaving untreated wood etc. out in the open for long periods of time, so you will definitely need a garage or shed to store them in, or at least a waterproof sheet while you complete the work.
Attention to detail is vital when you are landscaping a garden, little defects can completely ruin the end effect, so plan every detail, right down to the positioning of flowers in a flower bed. Think carefully about access; you will need to be able to walk around your new garden and maintain it easily, so don’t be tempted to ‘cram’ in items, it will just end up looking cluttered and it will be difficult to navigate. Also think about durability; you want your new garden to last you for a long time, so avoid buying cheap products, you will only end up replacing them at some point in the future.
Finally, enjoy the process! Landscaping a garden need not be a stressful experience if you take sufficient time to do it right. Once you have completed the landscaping of a garden you can sit back, enjoy the results and look forward to having your newly landscaped garden for many years to come.