In addition, I would like to plant cherry trees, Japanese maple trees and hydrangeas. So jealous of your future beauty projects! I agree, it is really important to have an understanding of the size and scale when you are arranging your yard. It looks like there are owners who have an idea of what they want, like a huge bridge, and that's not going in their yard. Understand how certainThings will look in your yard will help make it look good, a bit like in your image of young crêpe myrtle and mature elm in the stone framed enclosure. Everything in this picture looks like it fits the size and scale of this part of the yard, and the stone border seems to help tie all the details for this part of the yard together. : //jklandscape.com/ Thanks for the comments. The scale is so important to any design - even a landscape.
Use plants of the appropriate size and habit to avoid constant size. Use mulch to control weeds. See Mulch for the landscape (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg251). Group the trees in large, self-mulched beds for natural areas. Use fences and other hardscape elements to control the wild appearance of some native people. Sometimes, a structural element is all that is needed for a more neat look. Look at existing drainage patterns. Use ditches, dry wells, French drains, dry creek beds, berms and low retention areas to slow the movement of water and allow water to be retained on site , where the plants can absorb it.
See specifications for planting trees and shrubs in the southeastern United States (available online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep112). Consider the vegetation that will produce wildlife food for your family. For more information go online to Edible Landscaping, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep146 and your Florida Dooryard Citrus Guide. Use compost bins for all vegetation waste. To construct a garbage bin, see Construction of Domestic Composting Units (online at http://polkhort.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/publications/Composter%20construction.pdf). Use your home, fences, walls and trees to create microclimates for different plants.
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