Are you a homeowner, summer has passed and you realize that you haven’t made the most of your outdoor spaces?
Now is the time to think about your landscaping for next summer.
In addition to being a vector of immediate improvement in your quality of life, landscaping is an investment that will add value to your property over the long term.
Where to start? Undertake the landscaping work yourself or call in professionals? What are the different elements and steps to take into account? Here you will find 11 tips that will answer your questions!
1. Define your objectives in relation to your layout
Depending on your lifestyle and your family situation, your planning needs will be unique.
You have to take into consideration how you will use it, and define your goals accordingly.
Think about the practical side of your layout and your lifestyle
During the development stages of a landscaping plan, we often focus on the aesthetic side, forgetting that it is also a living space that must be designed in a practical way.
Ask yourself the right questions:
Do I need a space to cook?
What items should be near the house?
How many people should my terrace be able to accommodate?
Do I want to be able to enjoy the evenings by the fireplace?
Do I want part of my pool to be shaded?
You also have to think about grounds maintenance. Are you going to maintain it yourself or delegate this task to a professional?
If you decide to take charge of the grounds maintenance, are you equipped for? Do you have the essential time and assets? These are questions to ask yourself before embarking on any landscaping project.
2. Find inspiration to design your ideal yard
We all have, in our imaginations, a Garden of Eden. Whether you’ve seen it on a trip, in a magazine or at a neighbor’s, there are plenty of sources of inspiration!
Thanks to the web, the sources of inspiring images are limitless. Sites such as Interest are very popular when it comes to decoration, interior or exterior design … There are also specialized magazines that provide examples adapted to the climate of the country.
Even if you have to take into account the budget and the constraints of the field, as we will see later, do not bother yourself from the start! Think big! Imagine a space of your own, synonymous with relaxation and beauty.
Create a mood board that brings together all your ideas and inspirations. This table will help you choose your materials and plants or allow the landscape architect to have a precise idea of the atmosphere you want to create.
3. Take into account that a garden which is an extension of the house
The continuity between the interior and the exterior should not be neglected when drawing up the development plan.
If your house is very contemporary, but you want an English garden with old country fences, there is going to be a concern for visual dissonance.
Likewise, if the imagined garden is too exotic, it will not be suited to the architecture or climatic conditions.
The idea is to imagine a landscaping in perfect harmony with the house and its environment.
4. Take into consideration the characteristics of the land: type of soil, drainage and sunshine
Before developing a plan, consider the nature of the terrain. No two development projects are the same because no two sites are the same.
The quality of the soil must be analyzed: is it clayey, sandy, how resistant will it be to heavy structures and what type of plants will feel best there?
What is the level of sunshine on the ground? Which parts are shaded?
Also consider drainage, without which you could have problems with water and moisture accumulation.
5. Review the existing layout and the format of the land
When you make an arrangement, you don’t always start with a blank page. Quite often, especially in the case of the purchase of an existing property, elements are already present on the land.
We must take them into consideration and decide whether or not we can incorporate them into our new development plan. It would be a shame not to consider, for example, keeping a tree that has been there for several decades.
It is also important to take into account the size of your land and its proximity to neighbors. Is it irregular or perfectly rectangular? Do you want to create privacy by protecting yourself from the eyes of neighbors?
These points will help you decide if you want a privacy screen or a large swimming pool, for example.
6. Learn about town planning and construction regulations
Whether it is municipal regulations or the Quebec construction code, it is important to learn about the rules that govern landscaping in your area and the permits that must be issued.
The use of materials, the size of the structures, the construction of a fence, the vegetated surface: everything must comply with the standards in force.