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Landscaping is the process of modifying the land to enhance its beauty and functionality. While most people pay more attention to the front yard, the backyard could do with some sprucing up. Homeowners do landscaping for economic, environmental and even social reasons.
A beautiful garden promotes a healthier lifestyle as the family spends more time doing outdoor activities than watching TV or playing video games. Also, a beautifully landscaped backyard is more likely to appeal to prospective buyers when you decide to sell your home. If you are planning to make a few changes to your garden here are some tips that will guide you:
When you decide on the landscaping design you want to go for, come up with a schedule that works for you. Whether holding a full-time job or taking care of your family, landscaping can get in the way if not planned carefully.
Allocate a few hours in the work week or better still, during the weekend when you have more free time. Delegate a few chores to family members so that you accomplish more in lesser time. Depending on the size of your budget, you may consider enlisting professional landscapers who come with extra help to finish the job in half the time.
Design for available space
Some homes come with big backyards while others are relatively small. Take a look at the available space and determine how much land can to allocate for planting trees, flowers, a swimming pool, playpen for kids, etc. Establish the focal point of the yard. Why not install a fountain smack in the middle of the yard?
Spacing and scaling
When landscaping your backyard, you aim to create a serene environment where the family can relax and do fun activities like barbecuing or hosting birthday parties. You want the space to look cohesive and well put together.
Planting tall trees along the fence opens up space and makes it look bigger than it is. Keep your trees in shape by pruning them with a pole saw. Use the correct spacing between plants to avoid ending up with a rough appearance. Remember to leave enough room for a walkway to prevent people from stomping on your flowers.
If you are new to landscaping but wish to do it yourself, expect to make a few mistakes along the way. You may be crazy about having colorful flower beds along the fence then you realize they are taking up too much space. Rethinking landscaping ideas are part of the process.
Avoid planting big trees in the yard as they may be hard to transplant and cutting down may not be an option either. If you choose to keep them, tree topping will prepare your trees for winter. This practice involves chopping off the top of the tree and big branches so they consume fewer nutrients.
Laws and regulations
A neighborhood association is appointed to govern a residential area. This body stipulates rules that residents must adhere to or risk facing fines. These rules not only apply to the front yard but the back yard as well.
Check with your neighborhood association to know what options you can work with and get their approval before commencing landscaping.
Landscaping your backyard needs careful planning and execution for you to reap the intended benefits. Invest in landscaping equipment such as pole saws maintenance purposes.