An attractive landscape can add beauty and value to your home. But cultivating the perfect fusion of flora and outdoor architecture can be a complex task. The landscaping professionals at Sherwood’s Tree Service in Honolulu, HI, have been helping Oahu homeowners create dynamic landscapes since 1974. Here, they share some basic landscaping tips to help get you started.
3 Essential Landscaping Tips
1.Choose a Variety of Plants
Select a diverse array of plants that bloom at different times of the year. For example, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, irises, and rhododendrons will bloom in the spring. Others, like roses, violets, and daisies, bloom in the warmer summer. Chrysanthemums, goldenrod, sunflowers, and Chinese lanterns will add a pop of color in autumn. Always choose a variety of evergreen shrubs and trees as well. These will retain their leaves year-round, so your landscape will continue looking vibrant throughout the winter months.
2.Plan Ahead for Equipment Access
To extend the longevity and vitality of your landscape, you’ll need to plan ahead for routine and emergency maintenance. Not only do you need to leave ample room for your lawnmower to mow between flower beds and landscape architecture, but you also need to anticipate space for stump grinders or other large machinery to enter the yard. At some point, you may need a tree removed due to damage or disease, or you may decide to extend the length of your patio. Plan ahead for such possibilities. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with tearing apart a large chunk of your landscape.
3.Choose Focal Points
With any design, it’s important to determine focal points. The central point is something which draws the eye and makes the viewer feel engaged. Some examples include sculpture, a handsome ornamental tree, an ancient oak, or a series of shrubs. The focal point should be different from the rest of the landscape in texture, form, and color. It should be readily identifiable and distinct, but it shouldn’t stick out or seem out of place. It should be connected in some way with the surrounding landscape. This can be achieved by matching the focal point with the overall motif or style of the landscape, or by using a repeated shape or color.
Whether you have a small urban plot or a spacious rural garden, planning is essential when it comes to landscaping. Before you get started, be sure to consult the landscaping contractors at Sherwood’s Tree Service. They offer a comprehensive menu of arborist services, including stump removal and tree trimming. Call (808) 537-9705 or visit Sherwood's Tree Service online to schedule a consultation.