The right landscaping will help enhance the beauty and function of your outdoor room. Landscaping can help create a desirable view or screen one that’s undesirable. It can create a space for children to play or a space to completely relax.
Whether you decide to work with a professional landscape designer or do the work yourself, start planning your landscaping by thinking about how you want to use your space. Do you need grassy or play areas for kids and pets, or low maintenance native plantings with, perhaps, a water feature focal point? Do you want enough seating and dining room to entertain lots of friends or just your family? Do you need more shade or, if you have a home with mature landscaping, do you have too much?
Once you have an idea for how your landscaping will function, it’s time to create a design. Professional landscape designers do this well, and often have computer programs to help lay out exactly what you are looking for. Designs include the location of new or existing sprinkler or irrigation systems and plantings; areas for different surface materials such as grass, mulch, or rock; hardscape areas like sidewalks, patios, and retaining walls; and installed features such as decks, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and water features.
Landscaping can be installed by professionals, you can do it yourself, or you can use a combination depending on your desire and ability. Unless you have experience installing sprinkler systems, hardscape, decks, and other large projects, those tasks are generally best left to the professionals. But generally any homeowner who enjoys hard work and getting dirty can install plantings, mulch, and sod with success.
Once your landscaping is finished, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the view from your outdoor room. Don’t forget about maintenance, however. Keeping your sprinkler system adjusted properly will ensure your new plants will receive the right amount of hydration without wasting water. Proper mowing is essential, too. If you would rather leave the landscape maintenance to the professionals so you have more time to sit back and enjoy your outdoor room, ask your landscape designer or installation contractor for a reference.
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