Landscaping is essentially the science of manipulating land and plant life to create more beautiful and practical dwelling environments, whether in large or small scale. For home and garden landscaping, this involves a variety measures that include, but are not limited to:
• Land Contouring: Hilly, uneven and sloping terrains prevent optimal use of land. By creating flat terrains, we can remove negative spaces and increase the practical use of land. A barbeque area, a croquet ground or even a swimming pool could be the end result of a little contouring. Conversely, turning flat surfaces into slightly hilly ones allows better erosion protection and irrigation, among other benefits.
• Soil Management: This often overlooked aspect of landscaping can turn hard and barren areas into fertile and blooming gardens of Eden with just a small investment mulch and fertiliser.
• Foundation Planting: Beds of shrubs or flowers planted along the house’s foundation instantly softens the sharp angles of a house and gives it a warmer feel. Their presence is especially important for newer houses, which usually have barren spaces between the foundation and lawn. Additionally, these beds of flowers and plants can actually prevent heat from leaking out of the house due to temperature differences.
• Fences: Beyond highlighting property boundaries, fences can give homes personality. The height, shape and colour of fences, along with accompanying shrubs and flower beds, create instant psychological impressions on residents and visitors.
• Ornaments: Whether natural or artificial, ornaments such as water fountains, garden furniture and statues are the centrepieces of your garden design. They emphasise the theme of your design and act as mini landmarks.
It is important for homeowners to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of landscaping and garden design before attempting to begin a project. Without a plan, homeowners typically abandon their project midway or call in professional landscape architects to save the day. Don’t be another statistic!