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9 Garden Structures And Components You Should Consider For Your Landscape Design

A common mistake by those considering what landscapers include when designing a garden is that they think only of the plants such as flowers, shrubs, and trees that might be added to such a design. The truth is, often the landscapers will have been given a remit by their client that the plants are to be kept to a minimum, and that the features and structures are to be given a priority.

This brings us to the fact that landscaped garden designs are not just about what grows in that garden, but also the many other elements that go into creating it such as decking, seating, water features, walls, fences, ponds, and pools. These were but a few of the many structures and features that can be included in a residential landscape design. To give you more detail, here are nine of the most popular of these.

Services Areas: A landscaped garden may still have several practical functions, and this can include bin areas, clothes drying lines, and storage of items such as garden tools, solid fuel and maybe even children’s toys. Ideally, these should have easy access and, where possible, be hidden from the view of the passing public.

Retaining Walls: Retaining walls can serve more than their main function which is to define the boundaries of your garden. They can be made visually appealing based on what materials are used, they can be used for climbing plants, and if strong enough, seating can be mounted on them.

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5 Landscaping Design Principles Essential For Residential Garden Designs

Whenever landscapers are employed to design, plan, and create a new residential landscaping project, they should do so by following several principles which should be applied to every landscape gardening design. The fact that these principles exist should not surprise you given that the designing of multiple items follows specific design principles, including homes, websites, fashion, and cars.

Obviously, what is being designed will mean that the principles which apply will differ greatly from other design subjects, and that is why those who design and create such items are highly sought after due to their knowledge, skills, and experience. As for landscaped gardens for residential properties, there are several guidelines that landscapers follow, and outlined below are five of the most important of those design principles.

How The Garden Will Be Used Must Be Considered From The Outset

One of the starting points for a residential landscape garden design is the consideration of how the garden will be used. This will differ from home to home, and it may be heavily influenced by the demographics of the client and their family. For example, a couple with young children may want a garden that is enclosed, and where their children can play safely. Alternatively, an elderly couple may prefer a greater emphasis on colourful flowers and it having several seating areas.

The Design Must Compliment The Residential Property

A mistake that many homeowners make when thinking about their landscaping design is they look at it in isolation. This is wrong because, in almost all instances, the garden should complement their home. This means that the finished landscaped garden should look as though it was designed and created in unison with the home and that each compliments the other. Not only is this more visually appealing it can also increase the value of the property by more.

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Ideas To Heat Your Landscaped Garden When The Temperature Drops

Whilst landscapers will always prefer that the weather is fine when they are installing a landscaped garden for a client, another weather-based consideration that they and their client might consider when originally planning and designing the garden is how to provide heat there when the temperature plummets.

Given the hours of sunshine and warmth in which most Australian gardens are usually bathed, you might think it unnecessary to think about having to heat them using other means. However, despite highs of over 30 degrees centigrade in cities like Melbourne and Perth in the summer, at night it occasionally dips into single figure temperatures. As for winter, both cities can see night temperatures fall close to freezing.

Admittedly, Perth, Melbourne, or indeed most cities and towns in Australia, are unlikely to see long periods of freezing temperatures or have to deal with snow. Nevertheless,  it can become cold enough to want to have some means of heating a landscaped garden so it can be enjoyed all year round and in the evenings once the sun has gone down. Read on, you will discover several ideas on how to create that heat.

Outdoor Gas Heaters: One of the biggest appeals of gas outdoor heaters is that they can be portable and can thus be used to heat different areas of a garden as required. There is no cleaning up after their use, and it is easy to adjust the heat output based on how cold it is. Options include a gas bottle for portable heaters or connecting fixed heaters to your domestic gas supply.

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A Pool In Your Landscape Design

4 Crucial Considerations When Including A Pool In Your Landscape Design

One of the most significant elements of a new garden that landscapers are asked to include in the design is a pool. Whether it be Olympic sized in a massive garden or a small paddling pool, a pool is a significant undertaking for any landscaper and one which both they and their clients must discuss at length. Bear in mind, that unlike some features in landscaped gardens, a pool cannot easily be moved or replaced.

It is for that reason that we mentioned the client and landscapers discussing the pool in detail. During these discussions, several factors concerning the pool will be decided. These decisions will normally fall under one of four major areas, which we have detailed for you below to hopefully give you a clearer understanding of what you and your landscaper must discuss.

Concept

For many, this is probably the most difficult to answer. They know they want a pool in their new landscaped garden, but are unsure as to why or how they believe it will enhance the overall design. Note there is nothing wrong with sticking to “I simply want a pool”, and not considering its concept any further.

However, the overall design and finished pool will be enhanced if you can conceptualise what you want your pool area to be. If it is going to be for more than simply swimming and paddling then consider whether you see it as an aid to fitness, relaxation, entertaining, or as a centrepiece to the entire landscape design.

Functionality

Following on from considering the conception of your pool, you now start getting into some specifics and in particular how you wish your pool to function. This starts from choosing the location of the pool with considerations such as having it all in direct sunshine, or partly in shade.

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How To Choose The Perfect Paving For Your Landscaped Garden

In most landscaping designs, landscapers will include certain elements and features which are the most common, and one of those features which many clients want is paving. Paving provides a solid surface upon which to walk or park the car, and often this is as much for safety and convenience purposes, such as when the client is elderly, as it is for aesthetics.

One of the biggest advantages of paving is that it can provide as many benefits in relation to practical considerations as it does when thinking about the visuals of a landscaped garden. Of course, to maximise those benefits requires careful consideration of the paving that is to be laid, and below we have outlined how you can make the best possible paving choices.

Choosing Paving Types

For most landscaped garden designs you have two main choices as to the type of paving you use, namely composite materials and quarried stone. Both have pros, cons, and different characteristics, so careful consideration has to be given to each.

Quarried stone provides the natural option, and for many, it is the beauty of granite or slate, the two main types, which outweighs any other consideration. They are strong, stable, and offer timeless beauty.

Composite materials, which include precast concrete and brick, are also extremely durable, plus they have fewer maintenance requirements. Whilst they might not have the natural aesthetic beauty of quarried stone, they do provide a much cheaper option for those with budget constraints.

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