Landscape design is studied at the university level, which is a fact overlooked by many. It might sound simple, but this is an art- it takes a lot of studying, and it demands talent. But there are some principles, even us, ordinary people of Duluth can apply, without diving into too much theory:
DIY Landscape Design Rule Number One: Less Is More
Many people tend to go all-in- flowers, shrubs, hedges, colorful fences, fountains, garden dwarves, treehouses, birdhouses… The end result is a total mess- a yard that does not only look ugly, but it is also entirely nonfunctional. Unfortunately, there are many examples of these "overkill" yards throughout Duluth. Don't be one of those people. Going for too much will not only take up more space, and cost you more initially, but it will take much more time to maintain. Our advice is to go for the “function first” approach- if you can’t handle it, don’t install it. And besides, nowadays that minimalistic look is “the thing,” so a lovely, clean looking flower garden (without dwarves!) will do the trick.
DIY Landscape Design Rule Number Two: Size Does Matter
This sounds contradictory to the rule number one, but it is actually complementary- going for bigger will mean you’ll have fewer ornaments since your space is limited. Get something distinctive- a patio or a fountain that dominates the whole yard, or a big pool. And if you don’t have the money, there are some budget options- trees. Yes, they take time to grow entirely, but have so many benefits- they provide shade, serve as windbreakers, produce oxygen and have fruits. But choose wisely- a tree will be a trademark of your property, for many years to come, so pick your tree thoughtfully.
DIY Landscape Design Rule Number Three: Renovation Beats Innovation
This one is also tied to the rule number one- it is better to have less, well-maintained pieces than a bunch of neglected ones. The first thing you notice when you see a beautiful garden is how neat and tidy it looks. Shrubs are correctly pruned, lawn trimmed, fence painted. Ensure to do the same, before installing anything new, get your house and yard in top shape. More often than not, you will find that overhaul will be sufficient, and you will save yourself a ton of money.
DIY Landscape Design Rule Number Four: Don’t Do It Yourself At All Cost
Not knowing how to do everything yourself is not a shame. The jack of all trades is a master of none, so ask for help. Duluth landscapers have both the knowledge and the experience and will renovate your whole property, restoring its old shine. After that, if you are still not satisfied, we can offer advice on what to do next, and install the elements you select for you. Also, we can provide maintenance throughout the whole year, if you don’t have time to do it yourself.