Landscaping for Beginners

Landscaping is a process of design that requires a lot of decision making and planning. You will need to know what you want and if what you want can be obtainable.  Either you have a concept you have in mind that you want to bring to life or you just want to spruce up your yard, you will need basic landscaping knowledge.

Redesigning a landscape is a very tedious job and having this task at hand, it can overwhelm a person if the area, design and structure are not planned properly. Here are a couple of tips for beginner landscapers to make it at least easy and attainable on your first try.  


  1. Survey the area 

First, you need to find out the area you want to refurbish and scout it. Sketch a topographical area map of the place and do a very rough sketch of how you want it to look like. If you’re not that good in drawing, use symbols. Draw rough clouds to represent trees, some rectangles to indicate a walkway pavement, some upward short lines to indicate grass and curly squiggly lines to indicate flowers. Design all the way. Have your landscaping designer or contractor have a look at it and ask him if this or that is possible, if not, ask what can be the alternative that is more foreseeable and edit the sketch together.  

      2. Start with the small stuff 

Work on the areas that are more manageable than the others, especially if you still have almost no manpower behind your back. It’s advisable to go work on the small plants, the small stones, rocks, maybe trim the lawn and overgrown grass. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a ton of work, you’ll eventually get there but for now do something that’s manageable.  

      3. Proportions are important 

It’s important to properly scale the materials in the area for it to look organized and aesthetic. An area not proportioned and neat will only come off as messy and instead of it improving the look of your area, it will only end up making it look like a yard sale. Look for ideas online about transitioning and alternating, and color schemes that would look good together. Keep your design focused on something or determine a focal point or the object in which you would want to be the center of attention in the area.  

     4. Enjoy the Landscape 

Before you make changes in your landscaping area, it would be better to just sit in it and stay in it. Try to determine the areas that are worth not modifying and just keeping. There are some areas there that already has a good shade and you should probably think twice if you really want to cut the tree over there since it already provides a good shade. There is also an area wherein it’s not too hot and not too cool and yet the sun still shines. There are many considerations before you start doing amends on the area.  


Best of all before you contact a landscape designer, make sure the sketch you made was something you thought out thoroughly and you had fun with it.  

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