Planning Your Garden

garden with phloxLandscaping your garden allows you to make the most of a home’s land, but also to increase its value. However, landscaping your exterior requires a lot of patience and investment, and can represent a specific budget. Would you like to know how to organize your yard for a restful and pleasant place? Our experts advise you!

Why garden?

You just bought a house or built, and the state of the yard is poor? Or are you fed up with your decrepit yard in poor condition? If it is good to understand that organizing your garden can cost a certain amount and take time, this investment is worth the cost for many reasons:

  • Well-organizing your yard is to start a beautiful way to showcase it. Having a beautiful outdoor space is always rewarding, and helps you better enjoy the garden.
  • Developing your garden also allows you to use it better, and therefore to exploit your land. It is sure that you will better enjoy the outdoors if you have a terrace with patio or if you develop a vegetable garden, rather than if your yard is muddy or full of bumps!

In the case of selling a property, having a well-organized garden makes your home much more attractive to any buyer. Anyone can project themselves into a beautiful yard. On the contrary, a yard in poor condition will only think of the amount of maintenance and investment that will be needed! (Ask free estimate of professionals for the layout/maintenance of your garden)

Naturally, organizing your yard is not an easy task. But to guide you in this step, we have some tips for you…

How to organize your garden? The tips of a pro!

Your garden is fallow, and you only dream of a country and a pleasant space? So it’s time to take things in hand! If the organization of the garden has something to intimidate, the key is to prepare your landscaping work properly and invest yourself. Here is the procedure to follow:

1. Make the plan of the garden to be landscaped

When we talk about the organization of the garden, we often tend to want to plant a hedge, re-grass or start work consequent substantial. And yet, the first thing you need to do is take a sheet of paper and a pen! Realizing the garden plan as is (and on a scale) is an excellent way to start planning your organization.

This allows you to get a better idea of the layout of the garden, or even to schematize different options for its organization. On the map, indicate the position of the plants, the house, the doors, and windows (to know how to arrange the garden according to the view from the house). This can help you better visualize the ideal garden, and determine where to place a particular outdoor landscaping element.

Our tip: you do not have drawing skills? In this case, seeing the aerial view of your home on Google Map can help you better realize the garden plan!

2. Choose the garden facilities

The organization of a garden requires to determine well your desires and your preferences. There are many different arrangements to organize your garden:

  • Lawn,
  • Hales
  • Flowers and plants,
  • Vegetable garden,
  • Pedestrian path,
  • Trees
  • Wall or fence,
  • Patio,
  • Gravel yard,
  • Flower box,
  • Bench,
  • Construction of a garden shed,
  • Terrace,
  • Mare, etc.

The key is to stay measured and to think about organizing a harmonious garden. As much for your budget as for the appearance of your land, it is better to be parsimonious, and think of airy and unadorned space. Do not forget that the choice of plants and equipment will have some impact on the difficulty of maintaining the yard (and therefore on its maintenance cost, as mentioned here ).

It is better to avoid planting hedges or bushes that are difficult to maintain or to have a pond built if you do not have a green thumb or do not want to give your yard time! Then prefer buildings without plants (gravel road, terrace, wooden fence, etc.).

Our advice: always start looking for an “atmosphere” for your future garden. Would you like a Zen garden? A flower garden? A simple garden? An English garden? For larger yards, there are several ideas you can steal from the classic beauty of British estate gardens. For those in the Michigan area, our friends at Shelby Sterling do a beautiful job of maintaining larger lawns with ornate landscaping!

3. Set priorities

Once you have listed the different amenities you’d like to add or change, determine the priority and feasibility of each one. Designing your garden by order of necessity,and then preference, will help you match your vision with your budget. In general, the steps of landscaping the yard are as follows :

  • Earthwork and landscaping work (embankment, excavation, etc.)
  • Cleaning the yard, and removal of plants or unwanted amenities (fence, rock, etc.).
  • Exterior construction work (construction of a terrace, patio, gazebo, or walkway, for instance)
  • Reseeding the grass or laying new sod.
  • Garden decoration (benches, etc.).

Remember that the planning process can take several months. Setting incremental goals with individual due dates can help you mark your progress.

Note that using a landscape architect or outdoor architect (if only for the design of the garden and not its implementation) can allow you to receive valuable advice and avoid “beginner’s mistakes.”

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4. Define the budget to develop its exterior

Lastly, and before you start rolling up your sleeves, it’s essential to outline a realistic budget that is congruent with your preferred timeline for the project.

The price of landscaping the garden depends on both the plants and materials used, as well as any professional labor costs you may need to finance. For a limited budget, you may prefer to carry out the majority of the arrangements by yourself, and avoid using expensive plants or starting major construction work.

The more sophisticated your garden is, the more expensive it will be.

For an accurate estimate, reach out to a local specialist and discuss your specifics with them. Their experience will enable them to give you realistic timelines and labor estimates, if you decide you will be needing professional assistance with your project.

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