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Suggestions to Achieve a Wonderful Landscape Design

You have decided that it’s high time you did something for your backyard. For many years now, it has been bare, save for a few of your kids’ toys and playground pieces. Even with the kids’ stuff on the lawn, there is still a considerably large space that seems in desperate need of some sprucing up. In as much as decorating a backyard can be a lot of fun; the whole idea seems rather taxing. You may be overflowing with creative juices and you can’t wait to bring your ideas into fruition. But even so, you have to admit that you still would need the help of a professional landscape designer.

Finding a capable landscape artist is very easy. All you need to do is ask around or look up listings posted on the Internet. The former is a better choice though because by asking around, you are in effect getting firsthand information about the service provider. If you have a very good artist who is open to suggestions, converting that plain area in your backyard into a wonderful backdrop would be a breeze. However, to help get the ball rolling, here are a few suggestions you may want to refer to as you cook up wonderful design ideas to maximize the space of your backyard:

• Ensure that your landscaping artist would make use of the right plants. Before anything else, you and the provider must first agree on the type of plants and landscaping shrubs that will be used in the design. Perhaps it would be best if you looked over some landscape design pictures posted on the Internet just so you’ll have a general idea which plants, flowers and shrubs look good when grouped together.

• Build or place a gazebo in the midst of your backyard. If the design ideas presented by your landscape artist are not too intricate or if you prefer a minimalist approach with regards to plant groupings, having a gazebo built in the middle of your backyard is the wisest course of action. With a gazebo right-smack at the center of your lawn, the artist can strategically place his landscape design along the sides of the gazebo, thereby enhancing the beauty of the gazebo. It’s up to you if you want to place furniture inside the gazebo like a wicker chair or a chaise lounge.

• Add an element of water to your landscape design. How do you achieve this? You can always have a swimming pool built in your background. But if the space is barely enough to accommodate the landscape and a few design elements, you may just opt to have a man-made pond, a koi pond to be exact, built amidst the actual landscape.

These are just some of the things you can ask a qualified landscape designer to do to your backyard in order to maximize the space there.

A Well-Balanced Home Landscaping Design

One of the basic principles of all art forms, design, including landscape design is balance. It serves as a point of equality. Despite being somewhat insignificant in landscaping, there is actually more to it than just that and it will be explained in much simpler context in this article.

A garden or landscape that is made with equal size would feel and look naturally balanced. However, there are a lot of gardens and landscapes that does not have symmetry in both shape and form. These are called asymmetrical or abstract gardens that usually do not follow the natural balance. Their landscaping usually relies on other things to have balance and harmony through unity of some point. Most often, having no balance is related to having no repetition. To repeat similar elements such as plants or rocks all over the landscape allows the unification of areas towards one another. This can be accomplished with as little as repeating one matching plant group in terms of color or decoration.

Placing too many or non-matching elements all over a landscape design will certainly create a lack of balance. It will usually show as clutter and unkempt when the plant grows. Plan for less during the early stage of your design and just try placing a few matching plant groups all over the garden. It is important to keep the decor matching to the minimum as others can be added later.

There are many landscaping questions regarding the shape of the design. Shape is something that is distinctive to every design that will follow all your paths and visions. However, a shape or form can still be filled with elements and yet will still be dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance does not necessarily depend on shape. It can but usually it does not. Never get too attached on trying to achieve balance simply by trying to make things even in shape as all landscaping designs do not follow bilateral symmetry.

Landscape design is regarded as an art form as it deals with all the principles that all other art forms use. Repetition, unity, as well as balance are the major principles of art that go together side by side. The use of repetition is employed by architects in their design or windows, doors, fixtures, trims, etc. with having the same style, shape, and size. Try to visualize how your home would be if each and every door, door frame, windows, and fixtures were made with different sizes and shapes. Surely it would feel somewhat uncomfortable and chaotic. This is the same as with landscape design.

Consistent repetition is required to create balance, appeal, as well as comfort in a landscape that lacks it. In truth, balance can be achieved with as little as placing two matching elements on both side in creating both unity and consistency. Balance is easily achieved through softscape such as plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc. However, you should also try to consider having some hardscape such as walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, and boundaries in your design.

Fencing For Decor and Function

Originally used for a more practical purpose, fences are now just as decorative as they are useful. Designed to keep as many things out as in, fences serve as a boundary between neighbors and add a decorative flair to any property.

With so many options available in materials alone, a person can design a fence that fits in with the landscape and the overall look of your home.

It is not only great around the perimeter of your property, but for other areas too. Some people find it useful to fence in areas of their garden. This can keep out animals that might otherwise ruin your garden. Not only can they serve the purpose of keeping pests out, they can also, depending on the material used, act as a place for vine growing plants to climb. Green pole beans will flourish growing up more of an open chain link or lattice style fencing material.

For safety reasons, fences can be imperative for families with young children. They create a safe and secure place for children to play, keeping them away from the street or from wandering into other potential harmful areas. If your family owns a swimming pool, it can be vital to have protection surrounding the area, not only for the safety of your family members, but for the safety of others and the role that it will play with your liability insurance.

If you have pets, a secure yard for them to play in is important for their safety as well. Being able to keep them where they belong and avoid them wandering off will help insure they are at a lower risk for injury or from being taken.

No matter what type of fencing you choose it can offer great curb appeal and safety benefits galore.