Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or an experienced gardener, creating a landscape garden is one of the best ways to add value and beauty to your home. It’s also one of the most difficult tasks: planting and maintaining a landscape garden takes time, money, and patience. That said, it’s worth it. So let’s go over what you need to know before your get started!
Gather inspirational pictures to get ideas.
When you’re first starting out, it can be helpful to look at pictures of other people’s rock gardens and gardens in general. The great thing about the internet is that there are thousands of photos out there for you to look at.
So here’s what I did: I went through my Facebook feed and searched Pinterest for “rock garden”. Then I sorted them by highest rated, best looking or most unique. Then I looked through each one and made a list of things they did well (or not so well).
I started doing this before actually designing anything myself because I wanted as much information as possible going into the project!
Create a plan.
A rock garden can be a beautiful addition to your yard, but it’s important to plan ahead. First, decide how much money you want to spend on the project. Then, decide on what kind of plants and tools you will need. Finally, create a timeline for completing it all so that everything is ready for when you want visitors or friends over!
Creating a budget will help keep costs down: think about how much money there is in the household at any given time and try not to exceed that amount. This way even if things get expensive (like tools), everything will stay affordable enough for everyone involved so that no one feels guilty about spending too much time working on this project together as family members/friends/spouses etcetera…
Design a garden path.
Paths in your rock garden can be made from many different materials. Some people like to use gravel or crushed concrete, but I prefer using mulch because it’s softer and will not cause damage to the bottom of my shoes when I’m walking on it. You should make sure that your path is wide enough for wheelbarrows, lawnmowers and other garden equipment without getting stuck or having an accident. The width of a standard garden path is about three feet across, but you can make yours wider if needed! It’s also important that the slope of your pathway is slight enough so that water drains away from the house instead of being directed towards it by gravity (for example: if rainwater flowed down hill towards a house instead of away from it).
Paths can be made out of many different materials; some people like using gravel or crushed concrete, but I prefer using mulch because it’s softer and won’t cause damage to my shoes when walking along them (like gravel does). The width of standard garden paths averages around 3 feet across – but you may need something wider depending on how big/small your garden area is! Generally speaking though – if there aren’t any drainage issues involved then anything less than 3′ wide should work just fine (but don’t forget about those pesky drainage issues!)
Decide what kinds of plants you want to use.
You’ll want to make sure you choose plants that are native to your region, as they will be better suited to survive in the soil, climate and weather conditions of your garden. You also want to pick drought-resistant plants that can live with little water or don’t need much watering at all. These types of plants often do well in shaded areas, so they won’t need as much sunlight as other plants might need.
Finally, choose hardy species of flora (plants) that will last for many years with minimal care and upkeep on your part: if a plant dies off quickly or requires more work than you’re willing to put forth every day then it’s probably not worth having around!
Plant your landscape garden in phases if budget is an issue.
If you’re just starting out, an easy way to get your rock garden started is by planting in phases. Fill in the initial layout of a piece or section of your garden and then look for plants that will flourish in those conditions. Once you’ve finished that area, move on to another section until you’ve completed the entire landscape of your rock garden.
This method allows you to plant as much or as little as you want at any given time without having to spend too much money at once on plants if budget is an issue for you. It also gives you time to learn about different types of plants and their habitats so when it comes time for them all together they’ll be able to live together peacefully and thrive!
Assess the natural features of your yard and make the most of them.
By looking at the natural features of your yard, you can make the most of them. If you have a rock outcropping, use it as a focal point. If you have a stream or pond, use that as your focal point instead.
The first thing to do is look at your natural landscape to see where the best place for your garden is going to be. You want this area to be close enough for easy access but not too close so that it feels cramped and crowded in front of your home or garage door!
Contemplate the size and placement of hardscaping elements, like stone benches and rock walls.
Once you’ve decided on the type of garden you want to create and where you’d like it to be located, begin thinking about the size and placement of hardscaping elements such as stone benches and rock walls.
If possible, try to create a visual map of the property. This will help give you an idea of how much space is available for your project, as well as where certain features should go in order for them to best serve their purpose.
Think about where you want to sit and relax when enjoying your new garden’s beauty; also think about how other people will use it—whether they’ll be sitting with friends or playing ball with their children. And remember: kids love gardens!
If you have pets or small children, consider their safety.
You can use all kinds of rocks in your garden, but be aware that some are more dangerous than others. If you have pets or small children, consider their safety as well. For example, if you have a dog and want to put some rocks on the ground in your garden, make sure they’re not sharp enough to hurt him when he walks on them. Similarly, if you have kids who like to play outside and get dirty, try not to place any rocks near paths where they’ll walk so that they don’t pick up any pieces of sharp stone with their hands and then put them in their mouths (which may lead to cuts).
The type of rock has an impact as well: granite may be pretty harmless for dogs but it could possibly cause problems for pregnant women because it contains radioactive uranium dioxide; meanwhile serpentine contains lead which can hurt people’s health if ingested regularly over time
Landscape gardening can take time, but done well it’s worth it!
Landscape gardening is an art. If you want to make your own rock garden, there are plenty of steps that you can take to get started. The first thing you need to do is find inspiration. There’s a lot of information on the internet and in books, magazines and websites about landscape design. You can also ask friends or family members for help as they might have some great ideas as well!
If you feel like hiring someone professional is the best choice for creating your personal rock garden then it’s worth checking out local landscape designers online that offer this service in their business pages on social media websites like Facebook or LinkedIn. You may find one nearby who will come over and talk with you about what kind of style would work best for both your lifestyle and needs within your budget range so don’t hesitate reaching out either way!
In conclusion, landscape gardening is a great way to bring nature into your home. It’s fun to see the space transform and you never know what you will discover along the way! If done properly it can also increase property value so it’s worth investing in this long-term project. You’ll have many days of enjoyment for years to come by following these easy steps above!