By Jill K Thompson

It really is exciting to design your own landscape, and it can be quite a challenge, too.

Should you be interested in taking on such a project, here are a few tips.

The most significant step certainly is the first step, designing your landscape plan. Before making any finalized decisions about exactly what will be incorporated in your design, there is a good deal of information you need to gather. Would you choose a pond? Pathways? What about a patio or deck? It's important to decide before you begin working.

There are also many different varieties of trees, flowers, or plants to select from. If you need to have a little help, check on the internet for landscaping articles and books, and pick up a few landscaping magazines. You'll certainly be glad you completed your due diligence of pre-planning, because in the long run you'll have a beautiful yard and save a whole lot of time and effort, to say nothing of money.

Now, if you've finished the planning stage, you're ready to get going with the actual design. Usually, if you have the capability, the best thing you can do is build an exact scale model.

Use the internet and you will find all kinds of manuals describing how to do this, most of which are free. You need to place all of your design elements on your layout pad, but this is only the preliminary plan, which can always be changed. Yet, since everything is still just in writing, maybe a little experimentation is in order.

And do not forget the seasonal component of things - you want to make sure your design will look good all year long. One more significant factor in your design would be that the landscape should be as free of maintenance as possible.

Finally, check out getting some landscape design software, to help you actually see what your yard will look like when all is said and done. It's going to allow you to see virtual pictures of your design to where one can even move things and see what it will look like. You are able to utilize a photo of your home, which is imported into the software, and the software then designs the landscape around the photo. Also, nearly all landscaping software applications offer advice on feature placements.

It's also possible to look at what details will look like as time passes and things grow. Knowing what your landscapes will actually look like over time gives you an opportunity to make a few changes now.

For a lot of of us, a garden is the primary focus in our design plan. It can be positioned anywhere, just so it blends appropriately with your overall plan. They are able to even be nestled away in some area that can almost be hidden. For anyone of us who enjoy getting out and working in the garden, creating your own landscape will be a lot of fun.

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