Building a home is a fantastic thing to do. You plan every room and space meticulously and it’s an exciting prospect to see it realised. However, what about the garden space?
Well, a great landscaper can really help aid your work and help create a fantastic out door area. Here are some great tips to follow when building a home and then landscaping a garden.
- Use any topsoil from excavating to create landscape features.
If you are installing a new foundation, ask the contractor to place the topsoil that they remove in a pile so that you can use it for future projects. Not only does this make creating a beautiful landscape easier but it also helps keep you from having to pay the Landfill Tax that is required for getting rid of rocks and soil.
- Have any ponds or pools dug at the same time as your foundation.
If you already have a crew on site excavating your foundation, consider having them dig your pond or pool, as well. Not only is it usually easier to access the backyard before the house is in place but it also can wind up saving you money since you are already paying for the crew to be there.
- Match the landscaping to your home’s interior.
Working on your landscaping process while building a home makes it possible for you to coordinate both your interior and exterior spaces. For instance, when deciding on flooring for your home, look for a similar type of flooring that can be used outdoors. This can create a real sense of flow between your interior spaces and your yard or garden. As an added bonus, ordering tiles or other types of flooring in bulk from the same supplier can often help you get a better price.
- Plan for proper drainage.
The UK gets a lot of rain. If you use too many hard features in your landscape, you could run into drainage problems. Nothing is worse than experiencing flooding as a result of poor drainage in your new home.
To help prevent problems, install grass, gravel, or borders to allow water to easily drain away. You can also find hardscaping materials that are designed with permeability in mind. Consider harvesting rainwater, as well. This can make watering your garden a lot easier during periods when there isn’t a lot of rain.
- If you have a sloped yard, try using decking.
Instead of terracing a slope, consider using decking. Adding terraces is not only labor-intensive but it also is quite costly. Decking is much more affordable. It also creates a beautiful transition between your home and the garden.
- Think about the weather.
When designing your landscaping, consider how the weather affects your site. Which areas get the most sun? How do you plan on using each space? Before coming up with a plan, spend a little bit of time watching the outdoor space to figure out how the weather affects each area. This will make it easier to plan where to put certain features. For instance, you could put a sitting area in a spot that gets morning sun and a dining area in a spot that gets a bit of sunlight late in the evening.
The good news is, most landscaping projects don’t start right away because of the planning process. That means that you have plenty of time to observe the site so that you can learn as much as possible about it. You should also consider the amount of sun exposure each area gets when choosing plants for your new landscape.
- Start with mature plants.
Even though growing plants from bulbs or seeds is more affordable, it takes a lot longer to get results. It is worth spending a little bit of extra money to buy plants that are already mature. If you need to create privacy right away, bamboo is a great option, as are pleached trees. These specially trained hedges have leaves located right at eye level. Buying plants that are already full-grown can add instant height to your landscape.
For smaller plants and flowers, take things slow. You don’t have to plant everything right away. Instead, slowly add new plants to your borders or flowerbeds so that you can judge how different types of flowers and shrubs do. It usually takes a season or two for small plants to become established. If you want, you could try planting flowers in tubs or pots while construction is underway. That way, you can transplant them once everything is done.
- Other things to Consider
If you have enough space, you can consider installing a pond. Ponds are features that can be small or large, raised or not and in a variety of sizes and shapes. Ponds make for an amazing focal point, help attract beautiful wildlife, and provide the perfect for some interesting planting, for both the surrounding area as well as with water-based plants.
If you don’t already have a pathway, or the one you have is a bit tired, you should consider a revamp. It does not have to be in a straight line and you should consider planting borders around it along with the pathway lighting and material you intend to use for the pathways such as wood or stone.
- Terraced Area
Is your terraced area stylish or is it in need of an update? Think about how and when the terrace might be used i.e. if you intend to eat outside a lot should it be close to the house for accessing the kitchen or will it be used as a sunny spot for sitting in? How large should it be and what materials are likely to be ideal? You should also not forget to think about the edging, lighting, borders, and the angle of the area.
Decking is still popular and somewhat easy to install and something about wood makes it seem to have a calming effect. Decking might require some maintenance but it can still look very stylish either as even decking or a raised deck at various levels. The finishing touches should be added with stylish lighting and pot plants.