How To Plan A Landscaping Project

Posted on: 18 May 2021

Landscaping is one of the easiest and most cost-effective return-on-investment projects you can consider on your property. What more, it could be a DIY project since it does not require a lot of expertise. Below is a guide detailing how you can approach landscaping for your home. 

Understand The Soil Structure

Plants are a significant component of any landscape. As such, it is wise to understand the soil qualities of your landscape and the climate of the area to determine which plants are ideal for your landscape. Ask your landscaper to conduct a soil test to determine the alkalinity or acidity of the soil. There is a wide range of remedies to restore the soil pH. For example, you could use aluminium sulphate to increase its acidity or sodium carbonate to increase its alkalinity. 

Your landscaper should inform you of the plants that are ideal for your climate. For example, hibiscus and bottlebrush will survive hot climates, while anemone and astilbe are ideal for cold climates. 

Plan Your Space

A mistake made by most people is failing to plan their landscape. As such, they end up with a poor-looking landscape or one that has too many elements in it. The best way to plan your landscape is by sketching a map detailing the desired components of the landscape. Remember, the lawn is the star. Therefore, you should have a large open area. Besides, have walkways to ensure people do not step on the grass unnecessarily. Incorporate bushes to act as fences for your pavements. 

Trees should be strategically planted. Ideally, there should not be too many. Remember, plants require sunlight to grow. Your landscape should also have a recreational area such as a deck or patio where you can spend time with your loved ones. 

Artificial Versus Natural Lawns

Natural lawns will give your landscape a natural look. However, they are labour intensive since they need regular maintenance. Homeowners that want natural lawns can choose between sod and seed. Sod is easier to plant and grows fast. However, you must inspect the sod to ensure that it does not have any pests. Artificial lawns are expensive but easier to maintain. When buying an artificial lawn, check its warranty, colour and texture. Besides, buy it from landscapers that offer free or discounted installation. 

When planning your landscape, assess the soil structure and climate, plan your space and determine whether you will use natural or artificial lawns. An experienced landscaper will significantly ease your landscape improvement project.