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Tips For Achieving A Landscape Garden Effect

Landscape gardening can help make your garden look better in many ways. While landscaping your garden may involve working to prevent topsoil erosion and weed prevention. Garden landscaping also presents many opportunities to improve the look and feel of your garden in many different ways. From basic garden design and layout, to a full landscape gardening project.

One of the simplest ways to achieve a basic landscape gardening effect is to make use of border edging. There are many selections of border edging you can use in your landscape gardening projects, and they can include concrete, plastic, aluminium, tubing and brick borders.

You can use just one type or mix and match to make your garden even more attractive. It is important to remember that the edging concept you choose, needs to fit the theme of your overall landscape garden project, And therefore the overall look you are trying to achieve. There are many landscaping services you can choose, if you do not have time to follow your own landscape gardening vision.

It is always wise to meet the landscape gardener first, just to make sure that, not only will you be able to work together during the landscaping project, but that you feel they will share your vision of what you want to achieve from landscaping your garden. There are many landscaping services that will gladly listen to your landscaping ideas and recommend designs and materials for the landscaping job. Whether it be a simple flower garden, a driveway or a rock garden.

A landscape design service will suggest not only the best materials for the landscaping project, but also recommend the best methods available and then give you a quote that takes your landscape gardening idea and makes it a reality. It is advisable to get quotes from several landscaping services before deciding which landscape designer you wish to go with, as you may well find that there is a wide range of prices for the same job.

Again this will depend on the quality of the finished work. Do not assume that the most expensive quote will do the best work and also bear in mind that the cheapest will likely be the cheapest for good reason.

If possible use a landscaper that comes recommended from friends, relations or work colleagues. as is often said, you can’t beat word of mouth advertising. There are many options open to you for landscaping your garden, all you need to do is use your imagination and your dream of a landscape garden will be a reality in no time.

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Do It Yourself Landscape Design

There’s an old saying that states something like – “Getting Started Is Half Finished”. And so many times I find this to be true as I see do it yourself landscapers struggle to find their initial design idea. However, once they establish a framework of necessary design elements, it usually goes pretty smooth from there.

It’s not surprising that the most common landscape design question that I get is – “where do I begin?” or “how do I start my design?”. I know it can be difficult. And especially if you don’t have a vision for your design.

So where do you begin? How do you start your landscape or garden design?

While every design is different and every designer follows a set of rules and principles, I find that most do it yourselfers all have the greatest success from using the same starting point. Begin by laying down any paths, driveways, access routes, or walk areas that might be needed. And also create access to any areas that you may plan on creating. In many designs, this will help to establish a framework that you can simply design around.

Of course, this won’t be applicable in all designs as many don’t require any access or travel. So take and use this advice where and if you can.

Paths and walkways can accomplish many functions in your landscape or garden. Their main function, of course, is to create a designated space for people to walk on.

However, in design and as an aid to design, their function could be to guide your visitors to, through, or away from some other area in the garden. Also, they’re a great way to break up a vast expanse of lawn, meadow, or bed area.

First, let’s look at walkways, paths, and such as necessary elements.

Walkways are needed to guide visitors or yourself to and from another area. Observe that almost every home has a walkway leading to the front door, which is, of course, where most folks want to invite guests to come. So walks, whether refined (brick, flagstone, etc.) or primitive (gravel, mulch, etc.), are necessary to “guide” or “lead” visitors to, through, or away from an area.

So where are the necessary areas where you need other walkways or access? Maybe from the back door to the alley where you dump the trash. Or from the house to the pool area. Or from the pool area to the kids play area or the outdoor cooking area. You get the picture.

In a design sense.

Establishing walk, drive, and access areas will in turn help to create borders and boundaries. Once you have your walkways laid out, you can simply design a lot of the landscaping around them. The same goes with driveways and parking areas as well. You can plant beds on either or both sides of a walk or use a walkway as an edge to create borders.

Keep it interesting if you can.

If you were to, for instance, plan to place a sitting area at the back of the garden. Of course you would need some type of path for you and your guests to get there. However, instead of plotting a straight path, why not create a winding tour through other interesting areas of the garden on the way there?

Curves and winding paths do more than just create interest. They can also create an illusion of more space, distance, and travel. This is especially useful in creating small gardens and landscapes.

Once you lay down walkways, driveways, and access areas, you’ll have a good starting framework for the rest of the design. Now, simply design around them.

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