Even if you have a modest backyard or piece of property, you can transform your land into a space that wows your guests and brings you joy when you arrive home. This transformation cannot be done overnight, but with proper planning and a helpful team, every second you spend landscaping will be worth it.
Use these tips to create the landscape of your dreams, no matter how big your space or your budget.
1Think About Your Options
Landscaping is more than just planting a few trees. Before you start planning, consider all of the ways you can transform your space.
People have created stunning landscapes by planting or installing:
- Trees, shrubbery, and other plants
- Waterways, pools, or ponds
- Sculptures, monuments, or other types of artwork
- Seating areas, including gazebos
2Consider Your Current Space
Work with what you have! Take a good look at your property and what opportunities your current structures create. This will also prevent any unexpected issues from coming up during the landscaping process.
The following factors may have an impact on what you can do in your space:
- Legal permits
- Current soil or vegetation on the property
- Pipes, roots, or other structures underneath the soil
- What parts of your property get sunlight and shade throughout the day
- Conditions during different seasons
3Think about maintenance
Once you have built structures on your property, you may have to use time and resources to maintain them. A vegetable garden, for example, requires a lot more work than a rock garden.
If you are transforming your home and have room to stretch your budget, this may not be an issue. But if you are away from your property often or cannot really manage to put constant work into your landscape, you may have to shift your thinking.
Fortunately, there are many options for people who want to transform a landscape that requires little to no maintenance.
4Choose Your Center
With so many choices, it can be tempting to add everything to your space. Resist the urge to overwhelm your property, your guests, and your budget.
Choose a single focal point that will initially attract your visitors’ attention. When you can focus your time and resources into building one structure or space, you can really make it stand out.
5Get a Site Plan
It can be hard to figure out what exactly will fit in the provided space. You can better visualize it by getting a site plan that incorporates your landscaping ideas.
If you are adding a permanent structure, a site plan may also be a requirement to obtain the necessary permits. In that case, check to see if your building department requires that your site plan is stamped. If not, you can get a site plan online, which is much cheaper and faster than hiring a surveyor.
When you have your site plan, you may realize that you do not have enough room for certain adjustments, or you may want to move certain structures around. Let your site plan be your guide.