Landscaping Design Factors That You Need To Consider

It doesn't have to be hard to create an amazing landscaping design for your yard. Of course, you do need to take some time to consider exactly how you want your yard to look. However, that doesn't mean that you should wait until you start talking to landscapers to choose a layout for your yard. As long as you take these factors into consideration when you're creating a plan for your space, it's easy to create a landscaping design that fits all of your family's needs.

Determine the Purpose of the Space

If you don't know how you want to use your yard, you shouldn't even begin creating a landscaping design for it. Otherwise, you might end up creating flower beds in an area that you later decide is the perfect patio space. They way you use your yard is completely up to you. In fact, your yard may end up having multiple purposes. A few things that you need to consider incorporating into your landscape design include:

  • An open area where pets and children can play freely.
  • An outdoor hot tub or swimming pool.
  • Space where you can entertain guests.
  • An area for you to place your grill or other outdoor cooking equipment.
  • A storage shed or space to store gardening tools.
  • A vegetable and/or herb garden.

Consider Your Home's Exterior

The last thing you want your yard to do is clash with your house. A properly landscaped yard should increase your home's curb appeal, not decrease it. So, when you're making plans for your yard, you need to make sure it compliments that shape, color, and size of your house.

  • Avoid planting brightly colored flowers if the exterior of your house is a bright hue, because it could be overwhelming. Instead, choose lush, green shrubs and plants to create balance between your yard and house.
  • Plant bright-colored flowers to spice up a house that has neutral colors. However, make sure you don't overdo it. Choose flowers in shades that look good together to make your yard aesthetically pleasing.
  • Soften harsh edges of your house by building flower beds that run in a serpentine-like path around the house. Alternatively, you can accentuate sharp edges of your home by planting rectangle or square bushes. The right angles on the bushes and your house will create a crisp, clean look.
  • Include wide and tall shrubbery in your landscape design if you live in a large home. This helps keep the proportions similar.

Consider the Level of Maintenance

One of the most important things that you need to consider when creating a landscape design is that amount of time that you have to maintain the yard. If you are a busy person or you don't enjoy yard work, you should consider creating a design for your yard that is low maintenance -- limit the amount of grass you have so you don't have much to mow and fill your flower beds with shrubs and bushes that don't need a lot of attention. Alternatively, if you're someone who enjoys yard work and has plenty of spare time, have fun creating an intricate design filled with flower beds, graveled paths, and vegetable gardens.

You can transform your yard into anything your want. After all, it is your space. However, by considering the exterior of your home, the amount of time you're willing to commit to maintaining your yard, and the purpose of the space, it's easier to create a design that you'll love.

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