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Landscape Design Tips For Beginners

Phillip Morgan •

Have you ever tried to create a landscape design? Have you been thinking of how to get this done, but have been unsuccessful? Then starting out could be quite tasking or time consuming, especially when you consider the choices you will have to make.

 Keep in mind that to create a formidable landscape design or garden design as the maybe, you will need to abide by the laid-down rules. Here are a couple of tested and proven must-know landscape designers which I think are appropriate for beginners.

Make a list of your needs and wants

It is very important you make this list, so that you can do a rough sketch of your environment, and then create a space where to plant vegetables and where you will want things to be. As a beginner, this is a great principle you should know. There is no use sketching a cool design with dozens of plants and water features which take up all of your outdoor area when you want an outdoor space to entertain your friends and family.

Understand landscape terms

If you are starting out or just doing a bit of DIY, you might come across some landscaping terms which you aren't familiar with. If you learn a few of the key ones then you will be able to understand other tips and guidelines a little easier.

So you may be familiar with the common terms of a shrub and bush but you may not be aware of the following terms. 

Perennial - Long lasting plant.

Dappled Shade - This is similar to partial shade. This refers to the sun light that makes its way through the branches of a tree.

Deep Shade - Also referred to as 'full shade' or 'dense shade', a deep shade usually refers to shade under an overhang, under a patio or a canopy of thick trees and plants with dense leaf coverage.

Deciduous - A tree or shrub which sheds its leaves annually.

Evergreen - A tree or shrub which retains green leaves throughout the year.

Ground Cover - Ground cover plants are those which grow outwards and not upwards. This makes them ideal for covering large areas.

Ornamental Tree - These refer to plants which are grown for decorative purposes.

Take pictures of your preferred landscape designs

Taking pictures of your preferred landscape designs will motivate you to start yours as well as aid in determining your preferences. Feel free to check out magazines that features various forms of garden designs or landscape designs or visit the website of garden designers who shows off their designs like the one found here. You can always browse the internet for examples but I'd recommend finding landscape designers in your area and looking at their website. By doing this, you will understand what other people are doing in your area, what's achievable and if you end up hiring one, you will know who you like. 

Allow the plants to grow

Most beginners make the mistake of planting trees too close to each other, too close to the house or the fence.

This is not the ideal. So, it is necessary you consider the mature size while planting, so that you can provide it with enough room or space to blossom. This will save you the stress of transplanting the tree later in the future.

Check out the weather forecast

When you are creating your landscape design or garden design, try to consider the wind and sun patterns- because the design should take into consideration what the wind and sun will be doing at different seasons of the year.

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