When it comes time to plan and design your yard's landscaping, whether you are starting it from scratch or finishing what was previously begun, you want to add the right elements and consider different elements to make it just right. There are the needs of your plants to consider with sunlight and shade and whether the climate that you live in is hot and dry or cool and wet. Here are some elements to consider when you are planning to landscape your yard and implement a custom design for your needs.

Shade Application

Shade is an important element that you will likely want to add to your yard landscaping design. Shade makes the outside area cooler in the heat of summer and trees provide homes for birds and other wildlife and contribute beneficial oxygen to the air.  

Look to plant trees in your yard that fit within the size and scale of your yard. For example, if you want to have trees that are medium-sized in height and smaller ornamental trees, be sure to look for trees in a smaller variety at their mature height. Otherwise, look for trees that will grow taller in height, such as oak, maple, and poplar. 

Choose the surrounding vegetation in your yard to coincide with the amount of shade and sun each area will get. For example, if you are planning to grow some vegetable plants and other full size-requiring plants, be sure you consider the placement of any surrounding trees. Based on tree placement, some areas in your yard will have full sun in the morning or afternoon, and partial sun in other areas.

Your Local Climate

Water conservation is a big topic in many parts of the country experiencing drought. If you are fortunate to live in a climate that receives a great deal of rain and you don't need to install irrigation sprinklers to keep your yard growing, you can leave the moisture requirements up to natural rainstorms. However, if you live in a desert climate, you need to plan for landscape watering and select its layout based on this detail.

There are a good selection of trees, plants, and grasses that you can plant in your yard that don't require a great deal of water. Cacti, zoysiagrass, and other low-water requirement plants can give your yard natural vegetation beauty and flowers without the high need for water. You may also want to install a rock garden combined with some low-water plants to get a good xeriscape yard

Talk to your landscaper about what you want to see in your yard and the watering requirements to help you build an attractive landscaping that is specific to your yard. If you need help with custom landscape design in your area, contact a landscaper near you.

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