Before calling your Northern Colorado landscape design company, you should have a pretty good idea of what you want in landscape design. It might seem somewhat overwhelming as a landscape project is a rather significant investment, but one that will definitely pay off in the long run. Whether you are interested in just making a few changes and updates or demand a complete overhaul of your outdoor space, there are important things to consider.
Understand the Climate
We get it; a yard full of exotic plants would be really great, and it would certainly look beautiful, but this is not at all very practical. In addition, plants are pretty finicky about where they best thrive, and many need to have specific needs met. In other words, a plant that thrives in tropical conditions is just not going to survive our climate.
The best way to have a landscaped yard that thrives is by breaking down the specifics of your property. For example, you have areas that get a lot of sunshine and areas that are mostly shaded throughout the day. You also have areas of your property that drain better than other areas. This is something that our landscape design team looks into when coming up with a game plan. Once you get an idea of how your yard functions, coming up with which types of plants to utilize is a far easier task.
How Will You Be Using Your Yard?
Many homeowners don’t think about how they will be using their yard; they are only concerned with how good it will look at the end of the project. Instead, it would be best if you thought about who will be using the outdoor space and how you will be using it. For example, if you have kids who will be playing in your yard, you definitely want an area that can handle a lot of foot traffic and won’t get damaged when kids are playing on it.
If you will be using your outdoor space for entertainment purposes, then you will want a landscape design that offers functionality when you have a gathering of friends. However, don’t forget about the little things either. For example, if you have pets, your landscape design should include an area where dogs can run and do whatever else dogs like to do in the yard. Once you decide how you will be utilizing your yard, then the design becomes easier, and you will wind up with an outdoor space that functions perfectly for your needs.
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It’s All About The Details
While plants in your yard look great and trees provide much-needed shade, there are other things to think about when deciding which plants and trees you want. It’s easy to only think about the visual aspect of your landscape and forget about the other senses. Consider this; the plants and trees you choose will also determine how your outdoor space smells. That’s right, scent is an important factor in landscape design and should not be overlooked.
Think about some fond memories you have about spending spring and summer in your backyard growing up. We are sure many of you will think about how lovely the lilacs smelled and how you enjoyed that pine scent while sitting under the evergreen tree. Sure, your plants will be visually pleasing, but they will also spark sensations with your other senses.
You Must Think About The Future
We live in an ever-changing world, and what you think is important right now might not be that big of a deal in the future. When coming up with a landscape plan, think about how you want your yard to function in the future. You might want a yard that is great for your kids but know that they will grow up and outgrow it at some point. So even if your project is kid-friendly, make sure that you will still enjoy your outdoor space when the kids are grown up and gone.
Also, when you get older, the way you want to utilize your outdoor space might change. Right now, you probably enjoy spending time outside playing with kids or grilling, but in the future, you might want to spend your time outdoors sipping cold beverages and simply relaxing in the shade. Make sure your landscape design reflects your present and future needs and desires.
There are many things to consider when jumping into a landscape project. There is so much to think about it might be a little overwhelming, which is why we are here to help. Our expert design team knows all of the ins and outs of landscaping, and they are here to help you through the entire process. So, if you are ready to move forward with your landscape project, give Radiant Landscape Design and Build a call.