Landscaping: How to

Your garden is an investment, and the effort put into landscaping and garden maintenance is directly related to the value of your property. Gardens act as a private refuge for home owners, as well as a place of entertainment for guests. It is the place where adults relax, children play, and birds and animals enhance liveliness. It is a retreat from the modern world to get back to nature. Gardening is also a creative activity, a form of creative expression as well as enhancing general well-being by working with your hands.

A well-designed garden should

  • Remain good-looking throughout all seasons of the year;
  • Flow sinuously;
  • Provide entertainment, relaxation and general enjoyment;
  • Enhance the style of your home;
  • Fit in with your lifestyle needs.

Finding wonderland

When it comes to finding inspiration for your gardens, reading gardening magazines and visiting the garden centres are good ways to get a picture of what you want to achieve. From there, speak to garden professionals about the types of flora and fauna to plant, as well as what you can do to attract wildlife. Learn how to create herb gardens, make your own fertiliser and maintain your gardens beautifully by consulting garden professionals as well as doing your own research.

The DIY route

If you intend to take the DIY route, there are several things you need to consider. The first of this is the flora and fauna you select. Experts recommend that for those taking the DIY route, use indigenous plants that use less water. Next, consider the irrigation system you will need — an important consideration if you wish for your garden to thrive (especially in dryer months). A tip is to water your plants in the evening when evaporation is not as intense. After this, you can consider the natural elements you are going to use, such as shaping the space and installing water features.


Adding features

Adding a paved pathway into your garden adds the hardscaping element to your landscape. If you are working with a budget, consider using gravel as an inexpensive way to achieve a rustic effect. It also allows traction for your gardening equipment (such as lawn mowers and wheelbarrows). Since the jagged edges lock them into place.  Enhance this paving effect with brightly-coloured flowers on either side. Additional features for consideration include decorative garden art (such as statues, wrought-iron animals) and water features (waterfalls, ponds and fountains).  There is much to be said with regards to the sounds of trickling water and relaxation levels. Water features add a sense of harmony to your garden, and is a worthy investment.

Creating ambiance

To create an atmosphere to be remembered in your garden, use lighting. Benefits of outdoor lighting extend from enhancing the ambience when you entertain or simply eat outside as a family during the hot summer and warm spring months, all the way through to enhancing home security. Types of lighting include ambience lighting, down-lighting (light source is mounted above the object and the beam is directed downwards), up-lighting (light source is mounted on the ground and aims upwards) and spot-lighting.

Creating the perfect garden does not have to be a costly exercise. In fact, studies show that people who spend time in the garden — so-called “green fingers” tend to live much more relaxed lives. Spend some time in the garden to clear your head and craft a sanctuary of beautiful front- and back-yard.


*This article was sponsored by Webco Tools

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