Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Basics of Landscape Gardening

 Landscape gardening is the process of creating a complete scene through the growing of bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants in strategic locations. In essence, you grow an entire yard.
Before you get started on landscape gardening, you need to envision what you want your yard to look like when you are several years into the landscape gardening process. If you’re low on ideas, you can look in a gardening magazine to see the layouts that are most popular with professional landscapers. You don’t have to copy them exactly, but you can at least get some inspiration. The first element of your landscape will be the things that you don’t have to grow. So if you plan to have a rock patch, or an area with mulch, you should take care of that first. After that, you can start looking at the longer term project.

If you can plan long enough in the future to place a tree well, it can add a lot to the overall aesthetic of your yard. You can choose between a single tree, or a small cluster of trees. There are many different options when it comes to the type of tree. You will want to choose a tree with an attractive shape, with bark and leaves and flowers that you won’t mind seeing in your yard indefinitely. If you want to get several things done, you could install a fruit tree that thrives in your local climate. Not only do you get the beautiful tree in your landscape, but you also get some delicious fruits every season.

Shrubs are another important part of your landscape. There is a huge amount of shrub varieties in any given region, so you should definitely do your research so that you can choose the ones that you want the most. Consider the seasons in which they bloom. If you can plan it correctly, you can have the right varieties of shrubs so that at least one group is in bloom almost all year. You can use shrubs to provide focal points across the yard, or you can line them up in a row to create a hedge.

So plan all of your trees, shrubs, and flowers beforehand, and you will gradually grow a beautiful landscape in your yard. Think about the technical aspects, such as what you will use to build your flowerbeds and what you will use as drainage. Incorporate everything into your master plan.

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