Before anyone can really begin doing a good job of working on their landscape, it only makes sense to understand what landscaping means. Simply put, it means to decorate or improve the look of an area by adding trees, bushes, grasses, or other natural and manmade elements to that area. The real problem lies not really in performing these actions, but in developing a style or look that you think will be perfect for your home. That's where these guidelines come in.
- Get inspiration. Even the most talented of artists get inspiration from somewhere, and it is no different in landscaping. When looking for inspiration as to what style you want, look around. Turn on the television, and watch some gardening shows. Get a few magazines about gardening, and look at the pictures. Get a few books, or even go online and see what you can see. Inspiration can come from everywhere, so don't rule anything out. If you find something that you like, be sure that you get a copy of the picture, and that you hold on to it for reference.
- How will it be used? As you are thinking about the landscaping that you will be doing, be sure that you keep in mind how the space will be used. Is it going to be primarily a hands-off, no one touch type of thing? Or are you going to create a space where people can relax and have a good time, one that everyone feels welcome to sit around and make themselves at home? Be sure that you have decided on which you want before beginning any landscaping projects.
- How many people will be using it? Traffic will be an important element in any landscape design, so be sure that you take that into consideration as well. What this means is that you need to think about how many people will be traveling through that particular area that you will be changing. If you expect to have a lot of people going through that particular area, then you should plan accordingly so that it will be able to withstand the traffic you expect it to endure.
- How easy will it be to maintain? Unless you will be hiring people to maintain your yard for you, you will be doing the work yourself. Keep this in mind as you are planning your landscaping project. You should go for a design that will be easy to maintain, and one that won't make you spend every waking minute taking care of.