A Basic Guide To Landscaping For Most Gardens

Submitted by: Holly Garnett

One of the most important and exciting aspects of owning a home is how it is presented. The landscape of a property plays an important role in the presentation, value, and theme of a home. A property with overgrown weeds, leaves, broken fences, and patches of dead grass can greatly reduce the property value. The overgrowth of shrubs and weeds can even cause damage to the home itself. By applying basic principles of landscaping, not only will it prevent damage to the home, but also improve the overall appearance and value of the property.

An important factor in landscaping is the balance, transition, and consistency of the design. Having a consistent design of textures, colours, and items, are important in the overall presentation of the garden and can make a huge difference in the overall look. Conflicting textures and colours can cause the outside space to look cluttered and confusing. It is also important not to use the same design or theme throughout the entire garden, which can cause the outside space to appear monotonous. This is where the balance and transition aspects come in to play.

By gradually transitioning in to different varieties of colours and themes, the yard will appear interesting; however, too much of a sudden change can also cause a cluttered or complex appearance. It is important to have sequence or transition when changing the appearance of different areas of the landscape. Keeping a solid flow or rhythm of the design can cause the landscape to appear clean, comfortable, and balanced.

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Fencing is a very important part of landscaping. Not only does fencing allow for colour and texture, it protects your plants and property. The type and quality of fence play a role in the cost, appearance, and required upkeep of the garden. Plastic fencing for example, may be low cost and simple, but can easily break or lose its colour. A high quality wooden fence will be strong and sturdy, but is subject to rotting and deterioration. One must also consider the required upkeep and maintenance of the fencing; damaged or decayed fencing holds liability to injury and other safety issues.

Another important part to consider is the continued maintenance of plants, shrubs, and other growing area s like allotment space or even in greenhouses. Having tall weeds or shrubs that encroach on the home can cause both cosmetic and structural damage. Often times, branches, moss, and weeds will grow in to the gaps of shingles and siding that will eventually grow and expand, allowing more plants and moisture to enter, causing severe damage, mould, or dry rot. By keeping shrubs trimmed and weeds removed, the home will be protected from this kind of damage.

There are pros and cons to the different designs and materials used in gardening, which is up to the owner’s personal preference. The key factors in a good, high quality landscape are the balance, transition, consistency, and design. Keep the fence well maintained, keep the plants trimmed to prevent damage to the home, and follow the basic principles of landscape design and the garden will be welcoming, comfortable, safe, and professional.

About the Author: Holly is an avid gardener based in the west midlands with skills in many areas including fencing, paving and genuine home services.Holly is a business consultant who has worked for many companies in her career. She enjoys working outdoors and has a keen interest in garden maintenance including paving, fencing and

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