7 Tips For DIY Landscape Design

How Do I Design My Own Landscape?

In this article, we will tackle many different ideas on how you can design your own landscape plan. We will talk about apps that allow you to do this, we will talk about design principles that the pros use, and we will discuss ways to save money.

What Are The 7 Principles of Landscape Design?

Best practices and principles allow us to learn from the sweat equity and expertise of others. When it comes to landscape design, we are lucky that there are 7 principles of garden landscape design that most professional landscapers agree upon. The principles are not carved in stone, but they will help you organize your landscaping in a professional manner. The 7 principles are Simplicity, Variety, Balance, Emphasis, Sequence, Scale (Proportion), and Unity.

For people who have studied art or any other forms of design, they will see how fluid these best practices are with what is starting in many other aspects of design. Simplicity is important because having a busy garden disrupts the eye. Variety doesn’t mean that we ignore the objective of simplicity, it instead means that we have a myriad form, shapes and sizes in a matter that neatly fits the garden. Balance is all about visual weighting and visual representation. We need the plants and structures that we have to evenly flow and fit the terrain. Emphasis is all about what do we want to highlight without landscaping, what is important? A sequence is all about the order of things. Scale and proportion going back to art and design, but also back to balance will have a massive impact on the visuals and feel of the garden. It also takes into account other structures in the space such as houses and buildings, the impact that landscaping has on them, and the impact they have on landscaping options. Unity, it simply all needs to tell an amazing visual story that fits well together.

Is there An App for Landscape Design?

Would using a landscape and garden app help? Well, for many would-be DIY landscapers, and even for professionals, such apps do help them. There are many garden apps on the market, and some have amazing features. Some of the best aspects of these apps is the uploading of your yard space and being able to try out a variety of options that are composed of the 7 principles we talked about earlier. This is useful because before you spend any money, or plant a single plant, you will already have an idea of what is best for your space. It is well worth your time playing around in these apps because they will create the perfect blueprint for your design.

How Can I Landscape My Garden Cheaply?

Does it have to cost a fortune to landscape your yard? It doesn’t have to, and this is true whether you use a professional company, or if you manage everything on your own. Where can the money be saved? When it comes to hiring professionals, it all comes down to who you hire, how much you agree to pay them, and if they can get you any discounts on garden supplies, plants and flowers. Alternatively, you could go the DIY route and make two important choices: (1) DIY it by becoming your own contractor and just hiring people to do labour, but not the design work. (2) DIY your landscaping and you, your family and friends do all the work.

One cost always supplies. Shopping early and shopping around can help you find the very best deals. Some prefer perennials and annuals because over the long run they save money by either always remaining active in the garden, or by returning every year. You could consider this a form of garden equity where you spend money one time, do a little bit of work, do a tiny bit of maintenance and you are rewarded season after season.

What Are The 3 Parts of Landscape, and the 4 Elements?

We’ve thrown a few numbers and principles at you already, and this will be the last time we do it. In some circles, there is a concept called the 3 parts of the landscape. Like most of these principles, you can find them in other artistic and design mediums. The 3 parts are the background, midground and the foreground. These 3 parts can mean a lot to you, or very little. Why do we say this? We say this because it all depends on the land you have and the physical structures on that land. This concept is more important when there’s free space, a full view of the yard and home, and when the goal is to make everything look picture perfect.

The 4 elements are directly associated with the 3 parts, and they are Line, Form, Texture and Color. You can easily define the 4 elements with the 3 parts, and by balancing the natural lines of the property/home, by balancing the form, and choosing the right colours — You end up with a professional-looking well-landscaped garden/lawn/yard.

How Do You Landscape Around Your House?

Landscaping around your house only requires that you use the principles that we have already discussed. First, determine what your goals are. What are you trying to do? Is the goal the best landscape in your neighbourhood, do you want to add some life to your yard, are you after beauty, are you attempting to balance out features that do not work together. Jump on a landscape app, upload your pictures and play around. Pay attention to line, form, colour and balancing everything.

Putting It All Together!

Well, we have covered quite a bit, but this is just biting the surface. Ultimately, it all comes down to you. You will need to play around with various design ideas on paper, in your mind, and maybe in a landscape app. You might need to head to a garden supply shop and look at a variety of flowers and visualize how they will look in your yard. The most important thing to realize is that you can do it. Although landscaping is work, it is not such hard work that the average person cannot do it. The average person can do it.