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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Garden Layout For Laying Out – The Tricks Of The Trade

Summer is almost here and that means one thing: getting the garden in shape. Everyone wants to be able to sit outside in the sun and admire their work. Let’s face it – we like to brag and judge neighbouring gardens too. Of course, to get to this position all the features have to be on point. In short, the layout, something homeowners don’t take seriously, is vitally important to the style and practicality. As an amateur, structuring flower beds and vegetable patches so that work seamlessly sounds hard. And, it is because it takes skill and knowledge. Here, though, are the trade secrets that can bridge the gap.


Sketch A Design

How are your drawing skills? If the answer is good or so-so, start by heading out into the garden and jotting down a couple of sketches. Having an idea(s) on paper is the first step and makes it feel real. Remember that the majority of people are visual thinkers, so an image can instantly get the ball rolling. Begin by sketching the garden as it is now before moving onto the creative stage. That way, you can see what needs removing and what can stay. It doesn’t have to be a work of art, either.

Pin Ideas Together

Social media is huge, and it has a big part to play in landscaping. To design a layout, you need to be able to add features which are “must-have”, “want,” and “bonus.” Without inspiration, it can be hard to muster the imagination to revolutionise the area. For instance, Pinterest will have a variety of ideas regarding everything from water features to decking. Also, the site should lead you down the garden path, so to speak. Swing and Slide has patio door technology which is well worth considering, and their boards are available online. Think of it as a scouting mission.



Start Designing, Digitally

Once there is a plan and there are must-have features, it’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Doing it manually is by no means a good idea, not until you know what it is going to look like. Therefore, it’s always wise to use design software to get an insight into the finished article. Garden Puzzle is an excellent tool as it encourages you to figure out the kinks and work through them, as the name suggests. Small Blue Printer is a handy resource as well.

Trial And Error

When the layout is in place and you’re happy, you can pat yourself on the back. It’s a job well done! Alternatively, you can constantly tweak and adapt the features until they are perfect. The way structures work is by using trial and error and learning from your mistakes. It may not look good, but you can address it, change it, and seek to understand what went wrong. Even when the garden feels right, don’t be afraid to add different pieces and try new things.

 
Hopefully, your garden layout will be perfect for laying out in the sun come summer.

 

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