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Planning to redesign your garden? Here are some tips for you

Written by Posted On Monday, 06 March 2017 09:02

Redesigning the garden can prove to be an expensive affair, thus, you need a proper plan in place before you go out to purchase the necessary materials. Perhaps, you might not need professional help in order to create that perfect oasis if you have some experience, but it's a big project that would require your money as well as time.

Out of all the important decisions, choosing the best suitable landscaping materials remains to be the most important decision, and your garden won't appear great if you choose the wrong material.

Four points should be considered before choosing the materials, let's take a detailed look at them.

What do you plan to use your garden for?

Garden can be used for a variety of purposes and it needs to be designed according to the primary use.

Do you wish to redesign it so that your kids can use it as a playground? Are you redesigning it to be used exclusively for pets? Does your family plan to use it for lunch, dinner, or breakfast? Do you wish to spend some romantic time with your loved one in the garden that offers privacy? Or, you just wish to turn it into a social space? You need to have a clear idea about the garden's primary use before you start designing it. Materials also need to be purchased accordingly.

Garden's theme

Do you wish to create an oriental garden, a serene space where you can relax and stretch, or you wish to develop a scented garden that's full of colorful flowers? Find the answer to all these questions because landscaping projects need to be designed according to the garden's theme. If possible, ask a specialist from landscape supplier firm to visit your garden space before you select the material.  He would visit the location, check your plan and give you appropriate suggestions.

If your garden area is a larger one, you can design different sections for plants, gazebo, and space for kids, cooking, etc.  Use different hardscapes for these sections and connect them with walkways.

Create a plan in the form of sketch

How do you want your garden to appear? Do you have any specific look in your mind? If you are inspired from some place, keep its picture with you, else, draw a sketch resembling your garden. Show all the details for areas that you want to work on along with the type of landscaping material, soil type to be used, etc. to be used in the sketch. The drawing must also consist of location for various types of plants.

While planning about soil type and plants, you should also consider the slope of the land, climatic conditions in your area and number of hours of sunshine each day.

Selecting plants

While selecting the types of plants, you should consider climatic conditions, garden's theme, its watering needs, and parts of the garden where you plan to place them.

If you live in an area that is noisy, you can consider using sturdy fencing materials as well as denser trees to keep the noise out of the garden.

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