Lush green grass, cheery and bright-colored flowers, powerfully fragrant shrubs – the sights and smells of landscaping can transform your property, allowing you to create the perfect outdoor living space. Add in a patio, deck, fire pit, and other attractive features, and you may never want to go back inside again!
When it comes to DIY landscaping, there are an endless amount of choices you can make. Not to mention taking into consideration variables such as budget, personal taste, the climate of your region, etc.
Whether your yard needs new plants or a fresh new look, here are 7 DIY landscaping tips for your next job:
1. Research annual plants – When beautifying your yard, you want to choose plants that will provide continuity throughout the four seasons. For this reason, conduct research on plants that will achieve year-round interest and give your yard continuous bursts of color.
2. Add plants with a lot of form and texture – While the bold and vibrant colors of flowers add to the beauty and diversity of a yard, adding plants with a lot of form and texture is equally important. For instance, conifers are an excellent choice because of their structure and foliage. They serve as a wind, sound and air pollution barrier, thereby shielding your property.
3. Layer your flower beds – In landscaping, unity is very important. You do not want your tallest plants in the front row, while your shorter plants remain unseen, gathering shade in the back. Instead, layer your flower beds from tallest to shortest for optimal visual appearance.
4. Incorporate hardscape features – Do not limit your landscape design to just plants. Walls and fences make a bold design statement, while decks and patios provide a neat separation from indoors to outdoors.
5. Install water features – Water features offer a luxurious look and they are fairly easy to install, which is something that a lot of individuals do not realize. Not only are they visually appealing, but they emit soothing sounds and create a serene outdoor space.
6. Be aware of light and soil requirements – Depending on where you live and the climate of your region, light and soil requirements should always be considered. You want your flowers to blossom and flourish, which is why such requirements are essential to bare in mind before deciding which types of flowers to purchase for your yard.And finally, lucky number…
7. Take maintenance into consideration. You can follow all of the above DIY tips, but when it comes down to it, maintenance is key. A beautiful and thriving yard can only stay beautiful and thriving as long as you are willing to spend time on upkeep. Having said that, when planning your landscape design, reflect on the amount of money, time, and energy you will need to invest. Are you able to afford good quality garden tools? How much time can or are you willing to spend in your yard? Your answers to these questions are essential.
There is more to a good landscape than meets the eye
While an outdoor oasis creates an inviting and comfortable setting, the value of landscaping rests much deeper than the surface of your yard. According to Augustagreen.ca, here are a vast number of benefits that a well-maintained and cared for landscape offers you and the environment.
– Increases the value of your home by as much as 20%;
– Adds a curb appeal to prospective buyers;
– Reduces the time your property is on the market;
– Cuts down on heating and cooling costs;
– Helps preserve nature;
– Conserves natural resources, such as soil quality;
– Avoids soil erosion and degradation;
– Enhances the quality of living;
– Creates an appealing environment for entertainment and relaxation;
– Creates functionality;
– Generates a sense of happiness and reduces stress levels;
– Filters pollutants and provides cleaner air;
– Fosters an active lifestyle;
– Provides privacy;
A win-win proposition
First impressions are everything and there is nothing more impressive than a good landscaping job. Whether you are a professional tradesperson with a contract to fulfill or a homeowner with a desire to take on a new DIY project, you may need to use earthmoving equipment to clear out any part of the land that could be preventing work from being completed.
From easy-to-operate devices such as dumpers and wheelbarrows to heavy-duty powered equipment such as excavators, trenchers, mini loaders and skid steer loaders, you can hire everything you need to dig, lift, and transport piles of dirt, sand, and other materials from one place to another.
Whatever the job – DIY through small-medium projects to large-scale construction site work – earthmoving equipment is available to help you tackle the task at hand.