Before the advent of computerized landscape design software, homeowners often struggled with the decision to undertake extensive landscaping projects. Although most homeowners report that spending time in their yards is a priority, making the decision to upgrade hardscaping and landscaping features deserves serious consideration. Of course, landscaping is the home improvement project that boasts the highest return on investment: a well-maintained and attractive yard and driveway can provide twice the original investment in the event of resale.
So what is the best way to plan for a landscaping project?/ New horticulture software can allow homeowners to experiment with tree placement, driveway color and material, and even outdoor “hardscaping” structures like entertainment areas and pools. A backyard can function as an outdoor work environment and as a playing field for sports, but it is important to include functionality in any design.
Sometimes, making a yard look more attractive is as simple as selecting the proper ornamental trees and shrubbery, but it is also important to know, for example, that certain trees bloom pink and others white. Everything fades into green during the summer months, but planting flowers that bloom in the late summer and early fall can add a note of sophistication to both front and back yard landscaping plans.
More than half of all landscaping projects are designed to address the condition of lawns and driveways, and about one-quarter involve a more complete re-design of the overall look of the yard. Having the ability to see what different terracing options will look like, for example, can allow homeowners the ability to translate their imaginative plans into reality without mistakes or the need to change design plans in mid-build.
Is landscape design easy? Perhaps it’s not an easy process, but it does not have to be overly difficult. First, homeowners need to know their approximate budget for renovations and repair, and then they need to consult with a landscape design professional. There are a multitude of gardening magazines and websites: one recent article involved planting more than twenty daffodil varieties in a precise pattern. Different growing times and heights on the mature plants combine to create a field of variegated yellow blossoms that endures well into the fall growing season.
Not every homeowner wants a complex backyard; for some, having a hammock and a barbecue is enough. Home gardening enthusiasts may wish to contract with landscape designers for the installation of a greenhouse on the property, and people with a packed social schedule may want to make sure that they have ample seating areas for guests. Overall, designing a front or back yard is made easier with new technology, but the limits of design are still only bounded by the homeowners’ imaginations. Sophisticated or simple, finding the perfect landscape design is worth it, and properly installed projects should endure for years — or decades — to come.