It’s the time of year where we all get the bug and start thinking about Spring. For some of us, this means spending a little too much time scrolling through Pinterest and planning that dream garden in our heads. The one with luscious, fragrant flowers bursting out of every plant, a carpet of soft grass that you can walk through with bare feet, and trees providing the perfect amount of shade for you to sit under as you relax and soak up the start of the Spring in Florida.
It may seem far-fetched, but North Central Florida is an ideal location to turn your yard into the Pinterest-worthy Spring landscape that you’ve been dreaming about. It takes some careful thought, planning, and some help from the pros at LawnMore.
The first step to creating that picturesque landscape in your own back yard is careful planning and design. Whether you are starting from scratch or redesigning the existing landscape, you’ll want to think about how you’re going to organize the space to make it usable for your family as well as beautiful. To make sure your design meets all of your needs, think about how you use the space now and how you would like to use it. Do you need space for outdoor dining? Would you like a play structure for the kids? Do you want a shaded place to put a comfortable chair so you can sit outside with your morning coffee? All of these things are going to be important features in your design plan. Whether you DIY or go with a professional, prioritize the comfort and usability of the space when designing your landscape.
Hardscaping, or the man-made aspects of your landscape design is a key element in creating your dream garden. Hardscaping gives your yard defined spaces, prevents grass creep and adds dimension. Garden paths, outdoor kitchens, gazebos, and water features are just the beginning. Elements like an outdoor living room, oversized fireplaces, seating walls and stone edging can be added to give your landscaping a comfortable, luxurious feel. Another great benefit of hardscaping is the opportunity to bring different colors and textures into your design. Cast concrete, river rock, slate, gravel, and natural stone offer different aesthetics. Your landscaping designer can help you realize your vision with a 3D rendering that gives you an idea of how your hardscaping can be a part of a beautiful, functional outdoor space.
Selecting a Focal Point
The perfect focal point will help inform decisions about the rest of your landscape plans. The other components of your landscaping will draw attention to and provide a pleasing background for your focal point. To keep your space from looking cluttered or chaotic, keep your focal point simple and try not to crowd the area with a lot of other eye-catching features. You want your landscaping to draw attention to your focal point, not detract from it.
Choosing the right plants for your landscaping is going to depend a lot on your lifestyle and your commitment to maintenance. Do you want low-maintenance plants that you can care for yourself, or with relatively routine landscaping maintenance? Or are more drawn to the depth and drama of sculpted shrubbery and privacy hedges? Whatever your aesthetic, make sure that you arrange for the proper upkeep and maintenance. You’ll want the plants you choose to grow and thrive and continue making your outdoor living space feel comfortable and beautiful.
Talk to the professionals at LawnMore to make your landscaping dream a reality. We have an awesome landscape designer, twenty years of experience, and a dream landscape Pinterest board of our very own. We get just as excited as you do this time of year, and we’d love to help you create an outdoor living space your family will love.