If you plan on landscaping your yard for the first time, then you should know that there are a few essential aspects that you shouldn’t overlook. First of all, you’ll have to carefully inspect your property.
Things to Look Over and Inspect First
If your home’s construction was recently finalized, then it’s very important that you dispose of any debris, including sheetrock, glass, concrete blocks and anything else that was left over. Next, you’ll have to inspect the existing shrubs and trees in your yard and see if they have pests and whether they’re healthy or not.
If you have large trees, you need to check them for possible damage, especially if you’ve left them untreated. You may even have to consider hiring a tree professional in order to give you advice on how to care for your trees and even prune them.
If you have plantings near your property, then you have to trim them as needed and inspect them from time to time. During extreme hot or cold weather though, it’s best to avoid major trimming. Moderate trimming should be performed year round.
Keep in mind that it’s very important for you to trim any overgrown shrubs or trees in order to ensure that light reaches the plantings beneath. If you find it hard to trim trees that provide lots of shade, then it’s very important that you consider planting plants beneath them. The plants need to be able to thrive in the shade though.
Putting Your Plan to Paper
After you’ve managed to establish your existing trees and plants and your yard’s general condition, you need to put everything on paper.
To do this, you’ll require:
- An accurate survey of your property.
- Graph paper.
Also, you need to make sure that each and every aspect is accounted for. This includes:
- Property boundaries
- Lower lying areas of the yard and gutter downspouts
You should also consider determining the location of water lines, electricity lines, gas lines and utility lines, too. If you don’t know where they are, then it’s recommended to give your local utility company a call and they will help you with it.
Map Things Out and Use Make Use Of Natural Features
After you complete these tasks, carefully observe your yard’s natural feature. This includes the movement of the sun and the relation to shady and sunny areas, but also the prevailing winds. Do you have any areas in your yard that get a lot of sun and others that barely get some?
If so, then you should take note of them, including the slope of the land. After a rain, do you see puddles? How about flooded areas and areas that dry quickly? If so, write them down, including the wet spots, shady spots and sunny spots.
At this point, using some tracing paper, tape it on your diagram and start drawing ideas, improvements and suggestions. In the yard, you’ll have to use strings and stakes for the purpose of establishing potential planting areas. Use the idea we mentioned earlier in order to lay out possible beds, but don’t forget that it’s important to allow proper access to water spigots and plants that may require tending and fertilizing. Take a look at how the landscape looks from your home and make any required adjustments to it.