While it is nice to be neighborly, when it comes to planning your landscaping, creating some privacy may be an inviting option. You may want to use a fence or a particular tree or shrub to create your personal space. There are many options available in landscaping to accomplish a visual barrier, if you need to. Prior to starting your landscaping, sketch out how you envision it. Sketching your ideas out first will help you visualize what you want the results to be, and therefore, you will know what materials you might need. Remember, it’s much simpler to alter a drawing than completed landscaping. If you are doing landscaping, you need to know the differences between annuals, perennials, as well as which plants survive and thrive in different geographical areas and climates. Also take into account what your yard will look like in each season of the year; don’t design just for summer. It is crucial to be informed about this information if you want the best landscaping results. Don’t leave too much negative space between tall plants. Use plants that are known as “ground cover” plants to fill in the space. Ivy, juniper, vinca and creeping phlox all creep and spread along the ground, preventing weed growth and reducing the amount of green lawn that you have to mow. They will also enhance the depth, color and dimension of your landscape. Take the time to talk with fellow gardeners or professions before you embark on a landscaping project. While you may not need them to actually do your project, the small amount of money spent on a consultation can save you from making costly mistakes in the long run. Especially if you don’t have a lot of experience, this can be an important step.
Consider how each plant will affect the plants around it. For example, tall plants cast shadows. Such shadows can be useful for creating a cool space to sit during the summer months. Just be cautious as these shadows can block sunlight from any smaller plants. Consider investing in a drip style watering system. These highly-efficient systems are easily installed by the layman, and provide a continuous drip of water. This also saves water, as the water is delivered in drips rather than through a sprinkler or hose sprays water everywhere. For anyone looking to begin a landscaping project, it is recommended you pick plants that have unique leaf textures. The contrast between shape and texture when mixed together can add beauty and interest to your design. Be sure they’re distributed for the most appeal.