Landscaping is one of the most expensive elements of your garden, and perhaps the hardest to get right. So, how should you go about it?
It’s quite exciting when you decide to embark on a garden landscape project. Whether you are looking to have a place where you and your family can sit, relax, entertain, and even allow your children to play, or maybe you are just a little bored and want to create a more colorful and friendly garden design, landscaping is the ideal way to do it.
You can craft an attractive space in your home where various plants grow and enhance your environment, while designing your garden in a way that’s maintenance friendly, and practical enough to use the garden the way you want to.
But, where exactly do you start?
1. Landscaping Designs
Above everything else, you need to have an idea about the landscaping design you want. Good research is the best way to start. You can take inspirations from annual garden shows, public gardens, or even other people houses in order to get a rough idea about where your tastes lies.
Ensure that you have the size of your garden under consideration, plus what exactly you need the garden to do for you. Get to the drawing board and sketch all of your ideas.
Make mood boards from Pinterest and magazines to design your dream garden landscape.
2. Material and Equipment you will need
Make sure you select your material and equipment with care, and confirm their quality, quantity, and overall condition upon delivery.
Some of the material you need may include:
- timber and decking
- bricks, concrete, sand and mortar
- damp-proof membrane
- paving and block paving aggregates
- landscaping fabric
- exterior paints and various finishes
You also have to put waste removal into consideration. Basically, you have two options; mucking it away, or skip hire. Check your local listings and waste removal companies to choose the most appropriate method for you.
If you are hiring a professional, confirm if they have a waste removal service under the plan.
3. Who Will Do the Work?
You should already be aware if your landscaping job will be an extensive overhaul that requires the skills and labour of a professional tradesman or landscaper, or a hands-on DIY job.
If you do decide to do the job yourself, you’ll be glad to know there are many online guides and books, plus construction courses that can help you get started.
The building materials discussed above are quite easy to acquire, and don’t forget to look into hiring some equipment like a digger or cement mixer to prep the ground.
Even though you may feel confident with your DIY plans it still remains wise to get an hour or so’s advice from a professional. Consider it a necessary upfront expense to save much larger unforeseen costs as the project progresses.
It can be quite daunting to decide how much you want to spend on your building structure, planting, hard landscaping, and lighting. As such, it may be worth it to employ a company of landscape gardeners who have the necessary expertise to do the job right, and thereby get the most beautiful garden for your budget.
It certainly makes sense if you have to move or install major services such as water pipes, gas, or electricity, which means that you’ll have to employ an engineer to undertake the job anyhow.
Their professional expertise will allow them to see shortcuts or obstacles that you would otherwise have missed, and ensure that all the work undertaken complies with the relevant regulations.