It’s always important to have plan. You know the old adage: you plan for success or you plan to fail. Having a good plan in place before you start any landscaping project will save you time, money and frustrations. This article will give you some tips on how to plan your project before you start purchasing materials or even put a shovel in the dirt.
- Draw up your plans before you even begin. Having a drawing, even just a rough sketch, before you begin will be crucial in keeping your plan organized. Don’t worry about making the drawing pretty – that’s not the important thing. Just make sure you have a good idea about about how everything will fit together when the project is finished. It might be a good idea to take some measurements of your space so that can draw all of your designs to scale. This will help prevent any surprises when you get around to actually installing the landscaping features and hardscape.
- Make sure you use good quality and durable materials. Remember: you are designing this space to last, and it needs to be able to hold up to the elements. If you are going to do all this work, make sure you are doing it right. Don’t be stingy when it comes to purchasing materials, as this will likely end up costing you more money in the long run.
- Make sure you plant a variety of different plants in order to ensure a good looking garden all year round. Perennials as well as annuals will be a must in order to mix things up. The reason is because perennials and annuals will bloom at different times in the year. If you only use perennials, then all your flowers will die in the fall and you can expect a barren landscape in the winter.
- Begin early in the season in order to find great deals. By starting your project as early as the winter you can often great deals on materials and supplies since these products are in low demand around this time.
- Plan for some water features in your landscaping design! They are typically not as hard to install as you might think, and they can add immensely to the aesthetic value of your project. A little fountain or a trickling stream can go a long way in creating the ambiance that you are looking for.