Landscaping Tips!

Adding Value: Many real estate agents when a home is for sale will photograph the exterior of the property to attract potential buyers; add value to your home by making the first impression count and landscaping your yard to add structure and definition to your property.

Garden edging: Reduce labor and restrict unruly plants from becoming overgrown and untidy with a raised garden edge, perfect for a low maintenance garden and a guaranteed clean cut mowing strip every time.

Colour Themes

Harmonious colours: Colours which are positioned beside each other on the colour chart and in turn complement one another well. As the term would suggest, the use of a harmonious colour scheme in any space used correctly will have a rather calming effect as it is well known that different colours effect moods and create different feels in your environment.

Complementary Colours: Complementary colours can be really fun and create a stunning area with instant structure and definition. This scheme is created using colours which lay opposite each other on the colour wheel and used in your outdoor living area can make for a stunning and visually stimulating look.

Monochromatic colour scheme: This colour scheme is visually very easy on the eye and makes for a very relaxing atmosphere. A monochromatic colour scheme is achieved by selecting a base colour and adding definition by using the same colour but in different tones.

Weekend Makeover: The key to doing a small make-over yourself is to keep it simple, don’t add too many different materials; instead use your indoor living spaces as inspiration for your outdoor living area by incorporating similar and complimenting tones and textures to really extend a living space and create a natural flow.

Steppers: When laying steps though your garden, lawn or pebbles, leave a gap of between 180mm – 230mm for a comfortable step.

Veggie Garden: Reduce the need for pesticides with a carefully thought out plan keeping in mind such tips as planting garlic beside tomato plants to help prevent pests.

7 Step Landscape Breakdown:

1) Getting Started: Work out your budget and stick to it, but don’t forget what can be achieved when you have friends and family with individual ideas, input, willing hands and a spare shovel.

2) Observation: Take the time to really analyze your indoor living space before your step out into the garden and begin your visualization of just what your new landscaped yard might look like and what you wish to achieve to ensure harmony with the indoor and outdoor components of your home. While in the garden let your mind wonder and imagine just what form you may like the yard to take on remembering that if furniture, water features ect are a planed component of the landscape then try to keep the rest simple to really make a feature of these pieces and to ensure that the area is not too congested and busy.

3) Wish List: Get the family together to construct a wish list keeping in mind what the area will be most used for and don’t forget the budget.

4) Project Plan: Work out just what needs to be done, how much can be done by the family, when you might need to call in friends and which parts are best left to the professionals. It’s also a good idea to plan a schedule to try and plan out just how long things will take and in turn when materials are required. A good rule of thumb is for each days work done by a professional equals five days work for and armature, then double it.

5) Gathering Inspiration: Some great places to find inspiration are books and magazines, these can get a little pricey and face it, the more cash you have for the project the better so head to the library. Keep a folder of clippings and notes on things you like and might want to incorporate in the landscape a little latter. Visit your local nursery to find out just what grows well in your area and visit landscaping supply outlets who are full of great solutions and tips and it can also be handy to gather a few prices to include in you budget.

6) Drafting Plans: Using grid paper, Start with existing features such as your house and fence and work outward, setting in place the fixed features such as paving and garden edging first followed by things like plants ect remembering to keep in mind the amount of sun each area gets over the day and your soil quality.

7) Getting Started: First thing is to measure up and by sticking to you plan and working closely with professionals and landscaping suppliers to avoid any hiccups all should go smoothly.