Landscaping: Does Your Yard Need It?

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Landscaping is more than just planting flowers in your front yard and having a flower garden in your backyard. Landscaping enhances an area such as your garden, your front yard, your backyard, your deck, and your pool area.

Your landscaping design should take into consideration your lifestyle and tastes and those of your family. Do you and/or your family relax in your backyard? Do you entertain in that area?

Think about your front yard. When you look out your living room window or open your front door, does the yard appeal to you? Is it warm and welcoming?

When you think about how your yard could be enhanced, look at it in the same way as you would the interior of your house.

Collect Landscape Ideas

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If you have decided that your home needs landscaping, you should start collecting ideas. You can do this by walking through your neighborhood and looking at the landscape of other homes. Make a note of what appeals to you. Look at the trees and how they are arranged in the yard.Are there flowers around the trees? Does this appeal to you?Are there bushes or shrubs under the windows or along the fence line?Is there a pathway to the front door? What material is used for the walkway?

Ask your neighbor about their backyard. If their front yard is landscaped, they may have landscaped the back.

Decorative Ideas – Water Garden Fountains

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If we think about fountains, the history of fountains starts in ancient times in the Middle East. Diagrams on tombs showed that such fountains were used in homes. The first designs were given a Persian touch. The first designs were given a Persian touch. Diagrams on tombs showed that such fountains were used in homes. The first designs were given a Persian touch. This is where the idea of an enclosure came, inducing the idea of heaven. With the Romans, water features were accompanied by the idea of public baths, both aspects the Romans really cared for.

When it comes to natural fountains and their impact on people it is based on their perceptions and it is understandable.

How to Choose a Landscape Contractor

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Your backyard needs a lot of work. You do not have the time to do it yourself and you have decided to hire a landscape contractor. You want to choose a company that is reliable and trustworthy and has experience in various types of landscaping. If there is a yard in your neighborhood you admire which was created by a landscape contractor, ask your neighbor for a reference.

You can also find landscape contractors in your Yellow Pages and on the Internet. You should find out how long the contractor has been in business. You also want to know the size of the company.

Using Stones in your Landscape

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When you design the landscape for your yard, you want it to look natural and to be ascetically pleasing. Layering the landscape in your yard will give it this beauty. One way to achieve this is through the use of stone in your landscape. In this article, when I use the word stone I am including rocks and boulders, natural or man-made.

Landscaping stones give your yard depth. The stones can be used to accent a portion of your yard. You can also plant flowers around these stones to add color. Landscaping stones also come in various colors. The natural ones are warm beiges with hints of red and sometimes yellow.

Landscaping Guide: Using Software Programs

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You have great ideas for your landscape design. In your mind's eye, you can see how your plan will enhance the beauty of your property. But, are you really sure?

If you want to visually see the ideas you have, you may want to buy landscape software. You may know what plants, flowers, or trees and other decorative elements you want to use. How will they look when you put them in place? Will you be satisfied with the desired effect?

There are many landscape software programs on the market. They range in price from free to thousands of dollars. The software programs differ in the functions they offer.

Basic Landscape Designs

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When you look out your front door or your back door and see that the view is not the one you desire, you may decide to embark on a landscaping project. Landscaping projects can be time consuming and will take a lot of energy.

There are basically six types of landscape designs you can consider.

Formal: A formal landscape design uses a lot of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Plants are positioned in an orderly arrangement. In this style of landscaped garden, the plants are arranged close together and are pruned periodically so they can remain orderly.

Informal:  An informal garden has plants arranged randomly.