Landscape Design

Design ideas for your backyard

One of the best ways to add a personalized signature to your home is to create your own landscape design. Your lawn and its surroundings are the first things people notice about your house, so developing a unique landscape design idea can leave a good impression. Additionally, a proper landscape design can enhance your property's outdoor functionality by providing a garden, fresh flowers or shade where you desire it.

Online Landscape Design

One of the first places to looking for ideas for your landscape or garden designs is online. There are many resources that can help direct your design. There is also a selection of landscape design software tools available. Because tools are usually created by qualified landscape architects, they assist in both the aesthetic and practical aspects of do-it-yourself landscape design.

For instance, one of the basic aims of landscape design is to blend your home and outdoor objects – patio furniture, wood fences and gardening equipment – into the natural beauty of the outdoors. Many professional landscape architects achieve this effect by using monochromatic, analogous and complementary color schemes. Online landscape design tools and landscape design software can help you identify what colors you could be designing around and give you ideas based on that color scheme.

These websites and computer programs can also give you the ability to create a plot design – this is useful because it's very difficult to visualize scale, form and lines without actually sitting down and drafting it. Once you draw the area you would like to landscape and the existing elements (such as trees, plants or elevation changes), it makes it easier to determine the function you want from the area and how aesthetics can work to achieve that function.

Landscape Lighting Design

The abundance or absence of light – and the filters that light travels through – can help create the atmosphere you want for your yard. Think about how you'd like to use your outside space and when. If you enjoy large, shady trees throughout the yard, you may want to consider artificial lighting to illuminate your nighttime activities.

Backyard Landscape Design

The backyard may not be visible to your neighbors or people passing on the street, but that's the place your family will be spending most of their outdoor time while at home. Consider what functionality you want out of your backyard and then design around it. Do you want to have a garden? Do you host cookouts du ring the summer? Do you have or want a swimming pool? All these usages can be complemented by a thoughtful landscape design. Make sure your backyard has enough privacy with trees, shrubs or fences. Consider alternatives to grass – mulch and stone both serve different purposes and can help you create a unique and creative backyard landscape design.

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