Cities have been long described as concrete jungles that run continuously from one tall building to another. To break out of this mould of mere structures that lack character and pleasantness, landscaping may be carried out as it is a sure way to add a touch of creativity and uniqueness to your home. Landscaping one’s house is a pleasurable as well as a pleasing task that would be loved by everyone in the family.
Home landscaping is a sought after process but lack of awareness and money constraints has kept many people away from this delightful addition to one’s garden. This inclusion completely changes the garden landscape providing it with cheer and removing dreary corners. There are many options for landscaping that do not necessarily require large amounts of money to be spent.
Landscaping can be performed for practical purposes or to improve the aesthetic appeal of your property. Practical purposes for landscaping include providing better drainages for all the plants or for creating a hedge to keep small animals and people away etc. Landscaping for aesthetic purposes is carried out to add artistic changes to the garden that would greatly enhance the overall effect of the house. Landscaping has been found to increase the property value by as high as 15%.
Here are the steps to be followed to convert your yard into an attractive one that captures the essence of your spirit.
Step 1: Collect designs and ideas
Collect as many garden home landscape designs from design catalogues and from internet searches. There are many home landscape pictures that are available on the internet that can be used effectively to create a personal niche of your own. Use these ideas to improvise and create your own design or simply use the design that you like best.
The designs should be chosen keeping in mind the available space for landscaping. Landscaping can even be carried out at a small corner of the garden or along the driveway of the car; whatever space is available can be utilized efficiently to make it look a lot more appealing.
American home landscaping should be carried out keeping in mind 2 essential seasons- fall and winter. Trees and shrubs that provide some of the best fall colors should be incorporated in to the home landscape, while winter should present colors on the trees and shrubs that remove the gloom of winter and enliven the garden.
Desert home landscaping would essentially include trees and shrubs that are drought resistant and can withstand the high temperatures. A landscaping solution called xeriscaping recommends using vegetation that are resistant to drought.
Ranch home landscaping would require vegetation on areas that are most often used, like patios or the deck. The flower beds can be planted to lead the visitors to the entrance.
There are a plethora of ideas to choose from depending upon the size of the yard that is available. Most modern home landscaping ideas include a small fountain or a beautiful statue to highlight certain areas of the yard. These may also be used in homes that have limited space for home landscaping.
Step 2: Determine the method of irrigation
Irrigation to maintain the vegetation is an important criterion. All the plants and shrubs need to be watered well, even in drought ridden areas. To conserve water, an irrigation method that provides sufficient water without losing too much water in the form of evaporation should be adopted. Soaker hosers or drip irrigation are recommended forms of irrigation by many home landscape designers.
Step 3: Buy the required material to set up your dream home landscape.
Simple gardening tools to set up the vegetation need to be purchased. When setting up pools and statues, a professional help may be opted for.
Plants and shrubs that have been opted for need to be purchased from a horticultural farm near home.
Adapting to the conditions of the yard would aid the effort and the money put in to create the perfect landscape. For example, if the yard is rocky, use the rocks to your advantage and create a rock garden.
Step 4: Setting up the home landscape
Once the design for the landscape has been finalized and copies of the exact plan are on hand, work may be started. Follow your design and work at building the landscape steadily. Alternatively, the design may be handed over to a professional. However, there is more joy and satisfaction that is guaranteed when you finish the landscaping yourself.
A favorite corner or a small sit out may be included for quite times alone in your tastefully and creatively structured home landscape.
Home landscape lighting has added new dimensions to home landscaping with the magnified and splendid effects that it can help create. Night lighting can dramatically enhance the response to your landscaping, increasing the beauty of your entire property. The lighting available can range from floodlights to simple focus lights that would aid immensely in accentuating certain flowering plants or fountains or even carefully selected statues. Lighting options are aplenty and the varied ways of using them are left to one’s creativity and choice.
For the computer savvy, there are many computer softwares that are available and help in designing and selecting the correct home landscaping design. These software programs have many design templates that are available and these can be used as a base for further design additions.
Home landscape expos conducted in your city may be visited for ideas on home landscaping. New and modern ideas that are currently favorites may be discussed and incorporated in to the design.