For centuries, people have practised landscaping. As far back as the ancient Mayans, people have been manipulating the land for both aesthetic and practical reasons. The addition of plants, changes to existing land and the construction of structures are all part of landscaping. Today, landscaping refers to the planning, layout and construction of gardens that enhance the appearance and create usable space for outdoor activities around the home.
When it comes to landscaping, there are plenty of options. Some people want a well-balanced combination of hardscape (patios) and softscape (plants). Some people want a sustainable landscape design that will save water and create a natural habitat. While other people want to recreate a kind of garden style that they find attractive, such as modern or tropical. Others still want a space complete with an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace and a swimming pool where they can entertain friends and family. Whatever you want, make sure you communicate this clearly to the pro you’re working with.
Landscaping is a task that combines science with art. Armed with horticultural knowledge and familiarity with the elements and principles of landscape design, a landscape professional can help you transform your property. The landscape architect, designer or contractor you choose to work with will guide you through the landscaping process of the design and construction phase.
The biggest mistake that DIYers make is to rush into the construction phase without a plan. Landscape plans turn ideas into visuals and ensure that scale and layout were thought through prior to construction. Your landscaper will create a plan for your yard that will suit your needs and provide solutions to common landscaping problems, such as slopes, wind, sun or lack of space.