Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The lie of the land

Do you have a yard or a garden or some space around your house that you can develop? Whether you want to do it on your own or call in an expert for the job it always pays to be aware of exactly what you’re looking at. Not only will it give you a better idea of the cost estimates it will also help you get a clearer idea of what you’re looking at in terms of the project. And if you decide to take a shot at it yourself, well, there’s really nothing better than getting your own hands in the dirt and making so part of your home on own!

Plan your project depending on the season you’re in and the gestation period of your plan. Create an image in your head or go online or to your local library and do some research. Zero in on ideas that are suitable for your weather as well as the space you have to work with. The idea eventually is to create a space that never fails to delight you whenever you visit it and to have enough variety for there to be something for every season.

Depending on the look you want for your garden you can decide what to do first and how to go about it. Do you want to create a water garden or a gravel garden? Do you want to create a small bower in a corner where you can put a bench and enjoy the late afternoon sun or would like some place to put a swing set or like some space where your kids can play? While you’re brainstorming learn to differentiate between things you need in your garden and the things you want. Once you’ve zeroed in on the basics draw a rough image of your plot and start putting in the essentials. After which you can move on to the things you’d like to put in. You might learn that instead of a lily pond in the corner you’ll have to contend with a basin with two lilies in it!

Also before planting anything it’s a good idea to consult an expert so you know the exact quality of your topsoil and the care like, the amount of water, sun and shade, the plants you’re putting in will need. Who knows you might find out that you can, after all, plant that one orange tree you really wanted!

And remember landscaping your garden isn’t like waving a magic wand and creating your own fairyland overnight. It takes sustained work and patience so reign in your horses and do your landscaping in stages if you think that’ll work better!



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