With many years experience working with homeowners as a landscape designer and owner of Letz Design in San Diego, I know it makes perfect sense to live in your home for a year before tackling the yard and garden spaces. The interior is the typical priority, but one of the first things you can do is write down what you want to create in your very own landscape. Start a preliminary wish-list! To start that landscape design wish-list, consider the following landscape design tips…
1. Ask yourself key questions
We all have priorities, especially if we have young children or pets. How do you plan to enjoy your backyard? Will you entertain frequently? And if so, how many people at once? Do you want the front yard to really stand out as a reflection of who you are? Our front yards are the very first impression you make to everyone who visits and those living around you. Or do you love to garden and enjoy the fruits (literally) of your labor? Planting edible gardens is a sustainable equation!
2. Understand your soil
Some factors that often get overlooked are the makeup of your soils. A majority of our soil in San Diego is dense clay, but certain plants will do just fine with the correct amendments. Drainage is another factor to pay attention to. We have limited rainfall here, but at times our heavy winter rains can cause flooding if there isn’t a way to reroute it away from your home. If you are contemplating new landscaping structures, it is best to contact the city pf San Diego’s planning department to learn what is allowed and if you will need a permit for inspection.
3. Do your research
Plan to do a lot of fun research. Visit some garden centers or even the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden to grasp some of choices you have in the great outdoors. Also, interview landscape designers and get a feel for what a designer can offer whether you need a two hour consultation or a fully detailed plan to submit to your HOA for approval.
4. Keep your eye on the prize
Finally, don’t get discouraged. Even if you do try to plan your new landscape yourself, chances are you will have some success (and maybe a few failures) and enjoy the process of watching your new outdoor environment come to life. Gardens are meant to be fluid spaces and many plants can be moved about with some care. Even if you do place a new plant that grows too tall or wide for the space, you may be able to relocate it to a better spot in your garden.
Whether you have a newly constructed home in a brand new neighborhood, a recent “flip” in an established area or you found a hidden gem that you’ll soon remodel to make it your very own — eventually you will face the potential of the outdoor spaces that came with your new house. When the time comes, feel free to contact me, Steve Letz, for a complimentary landscape design consultation.
For more information and landscape design tips
Determining the right landscape solution that is appropriate for the San Diego climate is the key to any successful landscape design. Visit www.LetzDesign.com or call 619-265-1906 to schedule your complementary landscape consultation!
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This blog post was sponsored by Letz Design.