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Garden landscaping Tips & Ideas

Landscaping your outdoor space can be a creative and rewarding process. However, it will take a lot of hard work and long days if you want to make your dream a reality. 

To make things a bit easier we have come up with 4 ideas to get your creativity following and 4 tips to make your life easier. Keep reading the blog to find out the biggest tip for landscaping your garden.  

Landscaping Ideas

1. Use plants on different levels 

There is no perfect time to begin landscaping your garden. Although we tend to see more landscaping happen throughout the spring and summer months, it allows you more time in the day to complete your project and enjoy the outdoors. 

One of the main features of your garden has to be the plants. Earlier in the month, we discussed the best ways to look after your plants. Now that you know how to look after them it's time to incorporate them into your landscaping project. 

Different levelled plants

Having plants of different levels will Keep things interesting no matter where you look in the garden. Plants can live anywhere from ground flower beds filled with plants or produce to climbers up walls and taller trees they all add their own unique touch to your garden. 

This form of garden landscaping is also useful in helping to zone different spaces as you can use plants to create different areas in your garden. Just be careful not to overplant and allow the plants to take over the whole garden as you still want all the other features to be seen.

2. Use a range of heights   

While on the subject of heights just like your plants it is important to have your garden on different levels. Eleven the slightest changes in elevation to your garden will allow you to alter the heights of your decking, patio or garden to suit you. 

Graden landscaping is great for levelling out your space. Having your garden at different heights will allow you to create different areas and make your garden flow. 

different heights in your garden

For example, If your house is higher than the rest of your garden then you’ve got a perfect space to install decking or an outdoor patio space perfect for spending time with family and friends on those hot summer nights. Why have a large gap between the newly landscaped lawn when you can soften this by creating a full and dynamic area perfect for all-year-round colour and depth.

3. Mix your materials 

Choosing the right materials for your project will either make or break your garden. You can spend lots of money on your garden but if it doesn't look right then you won't be fully satisfied. That's why we are going to discuss the right and wrong materials to use in your garden and why.

Even the most supposedly simple elements of garden landscaping can be used to create interest. Some of the best combinations of materials to use are wooden or composite decking, pathways made from stone, brick or concrete walls and using different garden structures like arbours and pergolas made from a timber of your choice. 

lots of martials used to build garden

Some of the materials to avoid us using overly large rocks, shrubs or fences just to fill some space. Sometimes just leaving an area of your garden is good enough. Your material choices should be consistent throughout your garden. Using too many different materials or materials that are not sized correctly will make your garden look like it was built without a plan. If you don't keep your materials consistent it can make the space feel busy and smaller than it actually is. 

4. Change your shape 

Landscaping your garden is about being different and unique. Lots of people tend to opt for more natural shapes. Keeping everything very simple so that they can’t go wrong. 

Create more space by breaking free of the symmetrical layout and exploring the curves, It can be easy to follow what everyone else does especially when it comes to your garden. Adding curved lines and elongated sections can help to soften the transitions around the garden and give it a unique feel, something you don't get with the straight lines 

Uses of lots of different shapes and sizes

Another way you can alter the shape of your garden is by reshaping your lawn to allow for a garden that has its own style. The curved lines around pathways or your decking will increase the standard of your landscape compared to one that is flat. 

Our landscaping tips 

1. How much will it cost  

The cost of landscaping changes all the time. Material prices change all the time and between the time this blog is written to post it's likely the prices will fo change again. This makes it very difficult for anyone to give you an overall price.

But  For a major redesign of a garden, with lots of hard landscaping and planting, then work with 5% of the value of your house as a starting point. I then depend if you're doing it yourself or if you hire a professional to do so.  A daily rate for a skilled worker plus labourer, with van and tools, can be between £350 to £500.

Materials are variable, but paving in a nice stone from £20 per sq/m, and planting a herbaceous border from £10 per sq/m are guidelines. For when buying your own. Here at Hillsborough, we offer great prices on all gardening materials so if you need any fencing, timber or concrete order online today. 

2. Do I need planning permission?

Planning restrictions differ widely around the country. The answer is usually yes if you intend to build walls that are over 1m tall that are near a road and 2m in your garden, or if you're doing any other large changes to your home or garden. 

It is always worth checking with a planning department for your local council before going ahead, especially if you live near a Conservation Area. If planning permission is necessary your Planning Department will require an application together with fairly detailed plans and a fee but this is standard for most projects of the larger size. 

3. Mistakes to avoid making while landscaping 

Landscaping comes with its challenges and there are many mistakes you can make during this process. In the planning stage, it can be difficult to think about changing Elements that initially were in your garden If you are going to landscape your garden it's always worth changing parts of your garden for new modern structures otherwise it could look out of place.

Another mistake that can be easily made is only planning for one season  This can mean too many evergreen plants or an overabundance of one season of interest. This is why it is important to install year-round features like stone pathways rather than wooden that will get slippy in the winter and composite decking that can last all year round. 

4. The biggest tip 

Finally our biggest tip of all. If we had to give you just the one tip from the design stage right through the finishing touches it is to Don’t do anything that you are not completely comfortable with. This is why it is important to listen to your own instincts and feelings. Designing, constructing and landscaping a garden should be an entirely enjoyable experience, and if you are happy then it’s right for you.

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