Almost every homeowner knows one change leads to another, whether it’s an inside or outside change. When it comes to landscaping if you buy a new shrub that can mean moving the perennial bed that worked for the last ten years. The loss of a tree can change a garden from shade to sun. Install a new swimming pool and a privacy fence suddenly becomes necessary.
As your garden and yard ages opportunities for development and reinvention occur. But how do you determine what to do, what’s really needed. If you want some more outdoor seating should it be a brick patio or a wood deck? If you want to enjoy some dappled shade should you plant a locust or a maple? What about that steep slope in your lawn that continues to be a safety risk to mow? Should you put in steps, retaining walls, or change the grade?
Landscaping is about making changes and choices regarding all of the areas of your property: the front lawn and entrance to your home, the private places in the backyard, and the functional areas, your driveway and the sides of the house. It’s important to make sure that all the features of your property are functional and work well meeting your personal needs.
The first big planning decision is determining the need for hard surfaces (hardscapes) and green space. Make sure to allow enough patio areas for comfortable use. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least two-thirds of your property for planting and lawn. Planting the shrub can be done effectively with hard work and a good shovel. The leap from moving perennial beds to changing land slopes and installing swimming pools can be accomplished easiest with a landscape designer. Call the landscape design and horticulturists at Architectural Landscape Design in Minneapolis. They have the necessary equipment, knowledge and experience to help you. If you are considering making some landscaping choices and changes call 952-292-7717. Architectural Landscape Design works in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro and the surrounding communities. Ask for the free one-hour no obligation meeting to discuss your landscape changes and choices at your location.