Now that you have your new home all ready for moving in, it’s time to take care of the next big thing: your yard. The front and back yard of your house help tell a story about the people who live in it. Most new houses will have yards that feel devoid of any pizzazz. Inject some vitality and personality into your yards by landscaping them. Here is a handy guide to help you create a chic landscape for your Queensland home.
Before you start
Before you hop on the phone and start calling a few contractors and garden suppliers, you may want to do a few preparatory things first. One of the first things you need to do is to speak with your local council to know what guidelines they may have in terms of what you can and can’t do for your lawn. If you live in a suburban area, you might also want to check with the homeowners’ association for regulations regarding what plants you can use in your landscaping.
Another thing that you want to do is, of course, figure out what you want your yard to look like. The look of your yard has to match the look of your house otherwise, they’ll end up clashing with each other. Most prefab homes have designs that go well with modern landscape styles, allowing you to showcase a yard that complements your home’s contemporary aesthetic.
Next, you’ll want to find a contractor that you can trust to do the job. When selecting a landscape contractor, consider their portfolio of previous work. If possible, speak or visit a few of their previous clients to check the quality of their handiwork personally. Also, consider your compatibility and rapport with the landscaper. The last thing you want to do is to pay someone who won’t be able to bring to life your vision for your yard because you did not mesh well together.
Things to consider
Now that you have a clear vision and a contractor, you can now go about with getting your yard beautified. Landscaping, however, is much more than plopping down a few plants, laying down a carpet of grass on your yard and calling it a day. You’ll want to consider a few things when landscaping your chic home.
Firstly, think about your lifestyle. If you are someone who has the means to do it, you can probably for a design that features more greenery and more trees. But if you are like most people, you will likely have a tough time maintaining such lush landscaping. Consider how often you are able to take care of your yard. Taking your lifestyle into account can help you decide whether you should hire a gardener in Queensland or not.
Another thing that you will need to take into account are the weather conditions. Considering that you live in Queensland, the last thing you want to do is plant trees fit for cooler climates. Because it can get so hot and humid in Queensland, you may want to consider hardier plants that can withstand the heat of the sun, or you may want to consider switching to a rock garden instead.
Common landscape styles
There are a few styles that you may want to consider emulating to complement your home. A formal landscape is one that most people would think to be well-maintained. It features a lot of symmetry, straight lines, and precise geometric shapes. Straight, concrete pathways, topiaries, and manicured shrubs that have nary a leaf out of place are common features in a formal landscape design.
Oriental landscapes are also pretty common nowadays in Australian homes. Because of Australia’s unforgiving heat during the summer, the Zen garden aesthetic lends itself pretty well in keeping yards looking beautiful year-round. With rock arrangements, Ikebana-style layouts, and use of negative space, Oriental landscapes work very well with modern architecture.
Xeriscape gardening isn’t so much a style as it is a method wherein the plants that are used for landscaping do not require a lot of water and are arranged based on their nutrient and water consumption requirements. Xeriscape gardens also incorporate design choices that reduce water wastage and evaporation to ensure that landscapes do not hog a lot of resources.
By following this guide, you should be well on your way to having a landscape that is just as chic as your home. Happy landscaping!