If you’ve been neglecting your yard for a while, we think it is about time you made a change. Seeing brown grass and withered plants in your garden can get you to avoid going outdoors even in a place as beautiful as the Melbourne.
Why not create a space that you will actually enjoy spending time in?
All you really need are some original ideas and the help of a professional landscape architect to get your plan in place.
Read below to get some helpful tips to help you transform your old dusty yard into a brand-new paradise.
What is Your Garden Used For?
Before you start coming up with ideas for landscaping your yard, you need to think about a few practical points.
While landscaping will definitely add a beautiful aesthetic to your home, there is no reason it shouldn’t also be beneficial in other ways depending on what you use your yard for. If you have young children, for example, you should think about creating a landscape design that compliments their outdoor activities safely.
Some ideas that match this need include creating a large open space for them to run around in and maybe avoiding flower beds as they might get trampled. If you use your backyard for relaxation and meditation, on the other hand, you may want to think about adding some fragrant plants to aid you in your journey to mindfulness.
You can also incorporate accessories into your landscape design to match your activity needs. For example, if you use your yard for entertainment purposes you could opt to add a gazebo, a new deck, or even just a beautiful seating area in the middle of the yard to seat company in.
The options are endless, which is why you need to know what you need before you start your landscape design.
What is Your Vibe?
After you have gotten a good idea of what your garden will be used for, it becomes time to choose a theme or vibe you like.
If you are living in Australia odds are that you spend most of your day in your yard regardless of the activities that take place there. That is why choosing a theme that is right for you and makes you feel at ease is so important.
A garden is much more than an outdoor space you can spend your afternoons in. In reality, this space can be transformed into your own little world.
There are an enormous amount of options including modern, Japanese, Moorish, Spanish, Mediterranean, and English.
Each of these styles gives your yard a totally different feel. Think about what your garden should portray. Do you want elegance or grandeur?
More plant geared, or structured and full of stonework? Look up these different design themes to get an idea of what you want for your home.
Where You Live Matters
Another thing to keep in mind when coming up with a landscape design for your home is where you are located in the world. Different plants and designs work better for some places in the world and don’t work at all in other places.
For example, if you live on the Golden Coast of Australia, you know that there is an incredible mixture of habitats in the area. However, one thing you may already be thinking of is needing to use plants that do not require a lot of water.
Choosing plants that were made to live in the environment you’re in (local plants) will help your garden grow and live for much longer. It will also cost you a lot less in terms of maintenance and effort spent taking care of the garden.
Choosing native species will also compliment the local wildlife and help to draw beautiful animals to your yard.
After you’ve come up with the base of what you are looking for in a garden you may have some room to think about adding luxury features.
Depending on your budget, you may be able to add a pool, a small water feature, a fountain, a patio, and even a pergola. These add-ons, no matter how simple, always seem to take your yard to a whole new level.
Don’t forget to take into consideration the water restrictions in your area before choosing the type of accessory to add to your garden.
Putting it All Together
Planning for your new landscape design is definitely the easy part. While you may be thinking you can do most of the handiwork yourself, we can assure you that this is best left to the professionals.
When you’ve got a good idea of what you want in your yard, it becomes time to hire a landscape architect to bring your vision to life.
A landscape architect has the ability to bring your ideas to a whole new level and has the expertise that allows them to utilize space in the most beneficial way possible.
A project manager, on the other hand, will help make your vision a reality by making sure all of the architect’s plans and instructions are followed to a tee.
If you have any doubt about hiring a professional to do the design work, try to think of it in a simpler way.
If you’ve ever tried to make a flower arrangement yourself and then seen a professionally made arrangement you realize there is a lot more to creating a bouquet than simply putting flowers next to each other. The same principle applies to landscape design!
Remember to always keep a budget in mind when you start developing your landscaping plan. Although this all seems like quite a bit of work, it is actually very easy once you’ve got the right professionals giving you a hand. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing your old sad yard being transformed into a beautiful and lively garden! Once your done creating your vision, you’ll never want to leave your backyard.