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Spring is the time to Landscape

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As the season of spring is here there are many people who are planning their landscapes for the summer months ahead. You want your landscape to not only highlight the style of your home but also fit your personality. There are many different ways to landscape your yard, but learning the basic components of landscapes will help you decide how to do it.

The first thing that you should know before you begin landscaping is the difference between hardscape and softscape and how to balance the two.

Softscaping consists of the components you put in your yard. Consider the natural elements you use. Do you have enough shrubbery, trees, plants, and flowers? Without sufficient natural elements, your landscape will look barren.

Hardscaping, on the other hand, is how you arrange your yard. It is the landscape’s physical structure. Hardscaping is important because it creates a sense of organization and balance.

With hardscaping and softscaping, there are other important elements to consider.

Formal Contrasts

The first element is that of formal contrasts. If the yard is simply green grass, green trees, and green bushes then it fails to ignite the imagination that should come with a yard. Look into different plants and rocks and find some that compliment yet contrast each other. Use trees for stability, rocks for character, and flowers for color. If you use different formations then you will be able to have the contrast that is needed.

Lighting

Another element to consider is lighting. Depending on how often you are outside at night determines how much lighting you need. There is the practical element involved but you also want your yard to look as good during the day as it does at night. Look not only at where you want lights, but also what they will highlight - what types of lights will you need? Are they to make it possible to see your new waterfall fountain, or are they rather a decoration in and of themselves? There are several main places that you should have lights: the deck, porch, yard, patio, paths and pool decks. There are certain lights that are optimum for each of these different places. Make sure that you get the right ones!

Elevation

Adding different levels of elevation creates a depth to your landscape. This adds to the dimension as well as increases the creativity. There are several ways to add elevation to your landscapes. Here are a couple of ideas.

Raised Turf

One thing that is creative that you could use for landscaping is raised turf. This design emphasizes the contrast of colors and shapes. You can have formal squares of lawn that are raised on stone blocks and surround these blocks with flowers. This will add texture as well.

Elevated Walkways

A walkway is an important element that every home needs to have. But have you ever considered elevating your walkway? This will add dimension to your landscape as well as make it pop.

Textural Contrast

Similar to how different levels of elevation create depth, different textures creates the quality of juxtaposition between the variety of components in your landscape. Look for different ways to create texture. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Clumps of Ground cover

Using clumps of foliage creates a textural contrast with the lawn. The crinkled plants are a lovely lime-green color that creates a color contrast as well. Additionally, you can also add flowers around these plants.

Rock Garden with Water features

Adding a rock garden with also create a texture contrast and if you add water features it will add the touch of creativity that is needed. A rock garden has many benefits. Not only does it look pretty but it’s a good to use on a spot in your yard that is harder to keep green. You don’t have to water a rock garden so if there is a place that receives a little too much sunlight, put the rock garden here. The best way to have a rock garden is to have a combination of rocks, water, and flowers.

However you choose to landscape your yard remember to design it in such a way that both shows the personality of the home you live in as well as your personality as well. Use these different elements to help you create your dream landscape.

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