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Planning Your Backyard Landscape Design

A well-designed outdoor space can work wonders for your home. Not only will it drastically enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property, it will also give you ample opportunity to get closer to nature.


Landscape designing is not as straightforward as it might seem at first glance. Designing a landscape takes a certain degree of experience and know-how. Prior to crafting a landscape design, landscapers in Santa Rosa carefully study and perform tests to acquire an in-depth understanding of potential project challenges and plan accordingly. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of landscape design tips.

Define the Purpose of Your Garden

Why do you want to create a landscape? Do you want to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and transform it into the jewel of the neighborhood? Do you need an area where you can relax and unwind after a long day at work every day? Or do you want to contribute to your local ecosystem by creating a space where wildlife can thrive? When defining the purpose of your landscape, do not get too obsessed with aesthetics and make sure your landscape design combines the best of both worlds: aesthetics and functionality.

Visually Design The Boundaries of Your Landscape

Defining the boundaries of your landscape will give something to your eyes to focus on, be it a hedge, shrubbery, or fence and create a sense of order. For large areas, visually designing the boundaries will separate different sections of the garden, adding structure.

Thoroughly Study Your Landscape

Every landscape has a set of distinct features. Make the effort to understand your landscape. Carefully study its distinctive characteristics. Get to know your landscape’s microclimates and topography. Test your soil pH to see if it is acidic or basic. Is your soil sandy and loose or heavy and clayish? The more you know about your landscape, the better you are able to craft your ideal landscape.

Incorporate Surrounding Views into Your Design

If your landscape is surrounded by beautiful views, come up with an idea to capitalize on them. Incorporating surrounding views is a great way to open up a small space and make it feel larger. For example, install a deck or swimming pool to take the advantage of surrounding vistas. Be careful and do not restrict beautiful views from surrounding landscapes. For example, if your neighbor has a unique tree that turns bright red in autumn, do not block the view with a high fence or a tall plant.

Plan for the Future

If a tree outgrows its space, you will be forced to trim its branches. Make sure there is enough room for plants and trees to mature. Use short-lived filler plants, instead of the ones that need expansive spaces. Want to transform an ordinary backyard into a garden of your dreams? Gardenworks Inc. can help. We stay on top of landscape design trends. Our experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to create something new allows us to come up with new, innovative design ideas. To learn more, call (707) 857-2050.

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