Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Backyard Landscape Plans and Suggestions

Starting a lawn and landscaping from scratch can be a daunting task as you look out at the mounds of dirt, rocks, and weeds. A backyard landscape project might need a professional consultation before you ever start so that your time, efforts, and money won’t be wasted. They will come to your location and determine what kind of soil you have, what light will be available to the landscape in all parts of your property, as well as your needs and desires for the finished outcome.

Soil and Sprinklers

If your property is located on old farm land, you may have fabulous soil. But, if you happen to live in an area that had the topsoil removed so that houses could be built on it, you will need to have the property leveled and have topsoil brought in. Once the topsoil is spread and tamped down, the next step would be to determine where the sprinklers will be placed. There are many different sprinkler products out there and your consultant will be able to tell you which ones would work best for your specific landscaping needs. If you don’t install sprinklers, you will have to hand water or place single sprinklers that are connected to a hose on all parts of your landscape, which can be very time consuming. After the sprinklers are installed and the soil put back around them, you can move on to the next step.

Boundaries, Trees, and Plants

Having clear boundaries as to where the lawn stops and the planting beds start can be done with rocks, landscaping blocks, stone, fencing, or custom concrete. With a secure and solid boundary, you will have less grass creeping into your planting areas. Once the boundaries are delineated, the plants and trees can be put in. If you want shade, you will need trees that are full during the summer months, and you will want them positioned to maximize their ability to block the sun. Shrubs and flowers come in all colors and sizes. Letting the backyard landscape consultant know your preferences and needs will help them steer you in the right direction as far as which plants would work best where you need them. 

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