LANDSCAPE DESIGNPosted by: Corey Perez | Posted on: March 6, 2014
You may find your yard so unappealing and boring. There are a number of ways of improving it but the most common and effective one is to improve its landscape. You can do this by adding some plants, water features, benches and pathways. This will make your yard very cozy and welcoming. However, commencing a landscaping project becomes very challenging to many people. If the project becomes very challenging to you, consult the landscape designer who will help you in planning and designing process of the project. There are a number of factors which should be taken into account before starting the landscaping project. They include:
Purpose of the Yard:
The exact purpose of the yard is the first factor you should consider. It is very important to determine how you shall use the available space of your yard before you start developing it. The most common uses of such outdoor spaces include swimming, gardening, entertaining friends and family members and playing with pets and children.
After you have determined the yard purpose, it will be very easy to design a landscape which will actually accommodate all your needs. For example, if you need a space for swimming, you will have to create enough space for the swimming pool and its equipment. In case it is for gardening, then you should decide what type of plants you want and so on.
Family and Pets
Once you have determined the purpose of your yard, you should also consider those who will use the space. You should determine whether your designed landscape can accommodate all your family members including children or it is only for adults. Pets are equally important in our homes therefore should be considered because they may as well need some space.
It is very important to look into weather condition in your area. Are you experiencing mostly sunny skies or prolonged winter periods? This will help you determine the type of plants you want in your garden. You should as well take note of shady and sunny areas in your backyard. This will also help you to determine where the water should flow and the location of the drainage system.
It is not easy to know the type of soil you have in your backyard but you can consult professional for clarification. However, rock, clay and sand are the most types of soils found in many yards. The type of soil will dictate the type of plant to be grown on the outdoor space. Landscape designer can do the soil testing and if need be, you can improve the soil conditions.
These are the major factors that you must consider before starting your landscape project.