These seem really great landscaping tips! I recently discovered that landscaping is much more difficult than I thought at the start. I agree, it seems to me that it would be much easier for me to build my garden if I understood better the basic elements of design. These tips for understanding balance, pace, unity and form will really help me improve the look of my yard. Thanks for the good ideas. You have given a lot of things to think about! Oh my there are so many wonderful tips here!
Landscaping guided by a series of arbitrary "rules" such as "always plant shrubs in groups of three or five" and "never plant annuals in public places" does not take into account the needs of individual families and sites. Such landscaping rarely gives good design. Good design should not be limited by such stipulated rules. Our goal in landscape design does not just create good visual relationships.
Plant twice as much as necessary, thinking that they will be enlightened in a few years, double the cost of labor, and often the clearing never happens. Plants become overpopulated and compete for water and nutrients. The stressed and overpopulated plants are more susceptible to the depredation caused by insects and plant diseases. Pests lead to unattractive, low maintenance plants that must be removed because they are unhealthy.
Home insurance policies often limit landscaping coverage to damage caused by certain risks such as fire, lightning, explosion, theft, the impact of aircraft or vehicles. Earthquakes, riots, vandalism or malicious acts. This means that if your tree blows in a windstorm, you would have no cover for the removal or replacement of the tree itself. In addition, things like loss or damage caused by drought, illness, water, weight, or ice or snow may also be excluded. So, even if you have some coverage on your home insurance policy, you can see that this can be quite limited.
As they’re about to turn 50, and wanting to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, Josée and Michel decide to plant a vegetable garden outside their home in the suburbs …