Arranging flowers and trees may seem frivolous, but contemporary garden design is not all about surface appearances. There are actually several practical reasons to enhance your landscape. According to Money Magazine, landscaping can double your house’s worth! We’ll get into more advantages of landscaping later.
It may seem like a huge undertaking, but contemporary garden design doesn’t have to be intimidating. Like most things, it’s best to take it one step at a time. Here are some things to consider before you beautify your home’s exterior.
1. Take stock of your resources.
The first thing you need to do is take a site inventory. Analyze the climate, soil, drainage, and existing vegetation. Once you know what you’ve got, you can figure out what you can have.
2. Consider the garden in relationship to your house.
Landscaping can do more than look pretty. In winter, the right plants in the right places can reduce your heating bill by providing wind protection, or windbreaks. In summer, landscaping that shades the windows and walls of a home can reduce the need for air conditioning by as much as one half. Additionally, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) reports that trees can dramatically reduce noise levels and even mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.
3. Choose your materials.
Smaller gravel is easier to walk on, making it ideal for areas that get heavy foot traffic. A wooden deck is vulnerable to fire, but masonry will not burn, melt, twist or warp. These are the kinds of things you need to consider before implementing your design.
Follow these steps, and you are guaranteed to love your new garden.