Landscape gardening is an integral part of beautifying a garden. Nothing is more pleasing to the eye than a well laid out garden that gives a tranquil feel to it. Planning and executing the plans with good attention to detail are important aspects of the whole design of a well-landscaped garden.
1. Start Doing Meticulous Planning
A landscaped garden does not happen by itself. It requires meticulous planning to ensure that all aspects of the plans are carried out to produce the desired effect. Gardeners who spend time and put in the effort are usually rewarded with a vista that is easy on the eye and gives pleasure to all who use the garden.
2.Assess Your Outer Space
Your first action is to assess your yard, take a notebook with you and draw a rough plan of the existing garden, take note of what plant, shrub, trees are already in the garden, and whether you wish to remove them or leave them in place.
Take note of areas that might need to be shored up, or have a drainage problem that might need attention. Over a few days, observe which areas get sun and shade, and the length of time the sun shines on various spots and take particular note of shady areas that receive very little or no sun at all.
3.Test Your Soil
Take samples of your soil, and if you are not sure of its composition, then ask for expert help from your local garden center, most garden center staff are knowledgeable about soil conditions and the particular problems in the area you reside in. They will also be able to advise you about plants that would be suited to your particular yard situation, so take your notes and soil samples along with you when you visit the garden center.
4. Plan & Implement the Changes
Once you have identified the current condition of the existing yard, then you can start planning on the changes you wish to make. Types of plants, where you want them planted, trees, shrubs, and combinations, together with the lawn area, plus any hardscapes - fountains, gnomes, gazebo, benches, or other similar additions all form part of the hardscapes.
Pathways and types of materials you wish to use for your pathways can also add charm and special looks to the overall effect of the results. Once you have a reasonable idea of what you want to be done to the yard, it then becomes decision time, whether you want to do it yourself or call in a landscape artist to look over your ideas.
You can then get a quote from the landscaper to decide how much you will allow them to do and how much you can do yourself and the relevant costs involved. Planning and executing a revamped garden require a lot of time and energy, if you have what it takes to do it, then, by all means, do it yourself, or as much as you can leaving the difficult parts to the landscaper. Whatever decision you finally take, do get some enjoyment out of creating a beautiful garden.
5. Take Help of Professionals
Since most households are dependent upon two incomes these days, and both spouses are weary from the weight of hectic schedules, help around the home is necessary, so one service that has become immensely popular is a lawn care company.
To think the weekend will be consumed by the chore of mowing the grass, weeding the gardens and raking leaves is not a pleasant thought for many people after a long week and many hours committed to the office.
Many homeowners have concluded that the investment made into a lawn maintenance service is worth the expense because of the time it frees up to be devoted to more enjoyable activities, like relaxation and quality time spent with family and friends on the rare day off.
There are innumerable lawn care services out there ready to tackle the task of fluffing mulch in flower beds and trimming/shaping hedges, in addition to maintaining the lawn. These companies also have contact with tree removal contractors to get rid of unwanted trees and plants.
Most lawn care companies offer services beyond simply mowing the lawn and performing upkeep on the gardens. Spring cleanup is a very popular choice, and it involves:
- Cleanup gardens
- Remove or trim back dead leaves and plants
- Fluff up mulch
- Trim dead and crossing branches on bushes
- Do edging
- Aerate, seed and fertilize the grass
A lawn care company will set up a weekly schedule and dispatch a crew to mow and clean up a home's lawn. The crew will come out and in a mere half-hour or so do what it would take a homeowner an entire afternoon to accomplish.
With regular, weekly service throughout the spring, summer, and fall months, a homeowner can feel confident their yard will look good, and their lawn will be healthy and lush, free of pests that can create dead patches. Regular service also affords a home great curb appeal.