Expert Landscaping Tips for Homeowners: Designing a Backyard Garden

Many experts would agree that a beautiful garden is the result of careful planning and maintenance. Since a garden is an inherent part of your home, it’s advisable to observe your property for at least a year and notice the changes throughout different seasons.

You can see where the light hits most, the direction of the water flow, and if you need extra privacy in the house. All of these factors can help determine the design and the types of plants you will use later. Now, on to the real process. What should you do to realize the garden of your dreams?

Choose a Style

All gardens have a particular signature to it. Are you more into a full lush garden or a minimalist and eco-friendly one? Do you prefer grass lawns or flowering plants? Do you want to incorporate a tree into your garden? A good thing to keep in mind is knowing how much work you are willing to put into your garden.

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Also factor in the light and climate of your property from previous observation. Some plants or flowers you want to use may have a preference towards a hotter or cooler environment.

Draw a Sketch

Not everyone can draw, but at least make a rough sketch to give the landscaping pros an idea on where you want certain things to be. If you are into sketching, though, getting the correct scale may be helpful later. Buy some graph paper and measure your backyard. You can then assume one square on that paper is equal to a certain number of square feet. To make a detailed sketch, draw in other structures and areas as well such as the driveway, swimming pool, and the like.


As you draw your sketch, you will often realize if you need something else to go with your landscape. It could be a functional addition like a pergola to block the afternoon sun or an aesthetic one such as a koi pond. If you can, draw these additions into your design as well.

When you are done channeling your ideas onto paper, call an expert to make your landscaping dream into a reality. You can also consult with them on the best types of flowers or plants for your plan because they have experience working in this field. So what are you waiting for? Call an expert landscaping service today!


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