Homeowners see opportunities to improve indoor decor more so than outdoor. But what if the outdoor space was just as comfy as the inside? To make the most out of the outdoor experience, homeowners can implement garden landscaping techniques that’ll make their outdoor experience just as breathtaking as any vacation spot.
The key to garden aesthetics is having a theme. Research garden themes and their costs. This will help bring ideas into fruition. Also, research will help formulate a budget.
Garden landscaping design is considered an investment. Gardens have two functions: The first function is, of course, landscape cosmetics. The second function is flood management. With the right plants and design, a homeowner can cover both functions at an affordable cost.
Here are 6 tips that will help homeowners improve their garden.
1. Maintain Consistency with Wood Color Scheme
Outdoor wood flooring all depends on the design of your home. Use outdoor wood floors for areas under a spacious deck that leads to a backyard or pool. Imagine it as a dock for the lawn and garden landscape. Or, you could substitute brick walkways with elevated wood floor walkways around your garden. Keep the color scheme of outdoor wood flooring the same as indoor wood to establish consistency as you transition to your garden.
2. Use Thermally Modified Wood for Outdoor Flooring
The golden rule for outdoor wood flooring is using the correct wood. The treated wood used for decks and house framing is much different than outdoor wood flooring. The type of wood used in outdoor wood flooring is called thermally modified wood. This type of wood is redefined wood that undergoes a process of chemical treatment, compression, or through means of temperature influence (with or without heat). These methods allow the wood to last longer and maximize durability. Most modified wood is water and insect resistant, ideal traits for outdoor flooring.
3. Select Border Plants that Effectively Absorb Water
Theme is a great way to select plants, however, tropical themes in temperate areas will not work for your garden. Research the area you live in. Talk to florists or local nursery agents about what plants serve your climate.
Evergreens such as Holly Burfords and Boxwoods (English or American) are great lawn and garden border plants. Use grasses like Mondo Grass and Monkey grass to absorb water, but be advised, the grasses can get out of control if you don’t maintain them.
Keep an eye out for colorful annuals and perennials. Annuals are for those special occasions while perennials return for those breathtaking, serene moments in spring.
4. Explore Effective Landscape Irrigation and Landscape Drainage Options
Water can be both the greatest benefit and the greatest pitfall to any garden. You want to keep your garden fertile and soft enough for plants to flourish, however, saturated gardens destroy plants and foster the most irritating pests.
Landscape Irrigation – It’s best to hire a professional for plumbing irrigation into lawn and gardens. The cheaper route to irrigation of a homeowner’s garden is by using a soaker hose. Purchase a few hoses to network the water throughout your home gardens. For homes with larger square footage, consider hiring an irrigation specialist.
Landscape Drainage – Saturation often occurs from poor landscape drainage. In order to counter saturation and standing water, install a patio drainage system in the garden landscapes. Before you plant anything, dig a downhill channel. The channel should gradually elevate downward to an area away from the home and garden. Install the landscape drainage pipe into the garden and cover it with gravel rock. Leave enough room for the dirt that you dug from the channel and flag it so you’ll know not to plant anything along the drainage pipe. Cap landscape drainage with a grate to filter out large debris.
5. Have Garden Soil Tested
For soil to be at its peak performance, it’s a great idea to test it. The easiest method is to seek lawn and garden fertilizer providers. They’ll take all the steps necessary to test your soil.
A more affordable approach is to contact any local college or university’s agriculture department and ask if they test soil. The institution will ask you for a soil sample, and once tested, will give you information on what the soil needs for plants to grow. Or, you could test it yourself with this simple DIY method. Of course, you can fertilize the soil without testing it, but you may risk over treating the soil in your garden.
6. Manage Aesthetic Focal Points of a Garden
The finishing touches in garden landscapes are like glaze on a warm pastry. However, be sure you can manage the richness of artistic additives such as ponds. Utilize ponds and fountains only if you have time to manage them. Most of all, invest in trellis poles. Trellis poles not only look great in your garden, but they also manage climbing vines. Most trellis poles are set up against a house. Other trellis poles can be in cone or teepee shapes or appear in the infamous Pergola. Check out a few designs online and find one that best suits your ideas.
Follow These 6 Tips for a Flourishing Garden and Outdoor Landscape
The most effective tip to a garden landscape is weekly management and upkeep. Know what’s happening each time it rains. If you’re on a budget, take your time putting together the ideal garden landscape. As a homeowner, you will have plenty of time to think over the countless number of design ideas.