For landscaping efforts to be successful, there are some basics that must be in place. The first thing is getting clear regarding what you want and developing a well thought out plan. In this plan, each issue of landscaping must be properly accounted for. These issues include:
– How much sun each area o the yard will get
– How much water each area will receive and where the water will sit
– Proper drainage
– The best kind of irrigation system
Of course, as you formulate your landscaping plans, you consider that which you already have, as well as what you will need before you get started. Every yard or outdoor space has something that is salvageable and that a landscaper can work with. Start by developing a plan that cultivates this. Some of the features to look for when preparing to landscape include looking at features such as:
1. Existing plants
There may be flowers, trees, or rock formations, for example, that are already present and can be incorporated into the new landscape design. By using some of the natural elements already existing in the landscape, the final landscape design will look more natural.
2. Hills and unleveled ground
If one is starting with a leveled landscaping space, then there perhaps is not much to consider. However, if there are hills and unleveled plots of ground across the landscape then perhaps work may be necessary to hill up or level up certain areas.
Defining the budget
Another important part of preparing a landscape plan (after surveying the land and all that needs to be done) is looking at how much it will cost. Monetary resources are scarce and most of us simply do not have millions of dollars laying around to throw into landscaping. As such, it is important to look at costs in light of the funding available. In other words, you will need to know both what it will cost and how much money you have to spend. Based on your budget, you can decide what changes you will be able to make. Chances are you will have to form a delicate balance between your big vision ideas and what is possible. Once you have finalized everything, you can go ahead and put your landscaping plans into motion and bring your vision to life.
Bonus tip: Remember to consider how long a given landscape plan will take to accomplish.