Do you have a new outdoor space you’re looking to invigorate with life? Maybe you’ve moved and you’re trying to decide what to do with your new space. Or are you looking to refurbish a previously used space?
Landscaping an outdoor space is about more than good lawn care. It’s about getting creative with the space you’ve got – regardless of size, and turning something mundane into something functional and fun.
If you’re not sure how to do that, don’t worry. Here are 3 landscaping tips to help you create a beautiful outdoor space.
1. Decide to either Hire a Professional or DIY
First things first, decide whether you want to do your own landscaping, or hire a professional. You can landscape your outdoor space yourself, but it may take longer. If you go the DIY route, you have to source your own tools and materials, determine the plants and garden layout, and then do the rest of the labor yourself.
If you go with the latter option, you can save a lot of time. Depending on the size of your outdoor space, it may take only a few days. If you go this route, look for someone who has previous experience in your area.
Landscaping in Alexandria, VA, for example, will be different than landscaping elsewhere in the country. That’s because of hardiness zones. Hardiness zones are areas divided by climate, that determine what plants grow best in different zones.
Zones are based on the average minimum winter temperature. Each zone is about 10 degrees warmer or cooler than the zone next to it. You can adjust a lot of different factors when designing your garden, but you can’t change the weather.
2. Go Vertical
Go vertical and grow vertical. Even a small outdoor space undergoes a dramatic garden transformation if you decide to grow vertically. Plus, if your outdoor living space is small, a vertical garden will allow more room for lawn space.
The first way of doing this is with hydroponics. Hydroponics is soilless gardening, where plants are grown in water. Hydroponic gardening
The alternative to this is with green or living walls. A living wall is part of a wall, or a whole wall, where plants are grown in containers attached to the wall.
Living walls also make for great three-dimensional art pieces. Wild grasses and ivy are common features of living walls, where they grow “wild.” For an additional pop of color, you can add some flowering plants.
3. Create a Wildlife Pond
Are you a nature lover? Why not attract wildlife to your area with a wildlife pond? A wildlife pond will look nice and attract wildlife by providing a source of shelter, water, and food.
If you want to attract the most wildlife, there are a few tips to maximize your impact:
- Add plants and rocks in and near your pond – they act as perches and shelter for wildlife
- Locate your pond somewhere that receives sun and shade during parts of the day
- Make it deep enough to prevent complete freezing during winter
When landscaping your pond, make sure to leave the sides gently sloped. Gradually sloping edges allow smaller animals to get in or out of the pond safely. Also, avoid introducing any invasive plant or animal species.
Follow These Landscaping Tips for a Gorgeous Outdoor Space
When landscaping your yard or outdoor space, follow these landscaping tips to create a beautiful new outdoor space. Decide what you want your outdoor space to be used for, then let your creativity run wild.
For more landscaping ideas, check out other articles in our Gardening section.