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Landscape Design – Creating Balance In Home Landscaping

A sense of balance is necessary in creating a professional looking landscape design. Creating balance and unity is simple and can actually make designing easier but it is often overlooked. Use these guidelines to simplify your design and to ensure that your garden or landscape has a professional finished look.

Balance is a principle of all art forms, design, and even landscape design. It implies a sense of equality. And while there may be just a little more to it, this is how I explain it to make it easier for first timers and do it yourselfers to understand.

A garden, landscape, or any form of equal proportions would naturally feel and look balanced. However, most gardens and landscapes are not exact or symmetrical in shape and form. They’re asymmetrical and abstract in form and are often without any natural balance of their own. So landscaping often relies on other elements to create balance and harmony through unity.

Many times, a lack of balance is directly related to a lack of repetition. Repeating alike elements such as plants or rocks throughout the landscape will help unify different areas to each other. As little as one repeated matching plant group, color, piece of decor, or hardscape can accomplish this.

A lack of balance is also created by placing too many or all non matching elements throughout a landscape design. This can sometimes seem cluttered and unkept when it grows in. In the beginning of your design, plan for less, place just a few matching plant groups throughout the garden, and keep decor matching and to a minimum. You can add more later.

So many of the questions that I receive about landscape design deal with the shape of a design . Shape is unique to each design and will ultimately follow all necessary paths and your visions. However, any shape or form can be filled with elements and still be either dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance isn’t necessarily dependent on shape. It can be but generally it’s not. So don’t get too hung up on trying to even things out entirely by shape.

Landscape design is an art form and so it deals with “all” the same principles that other art forms use. Repetition, unity, and balance are all principles of art that go hand in hand with each other.

Architects use repetition in design by making doors, windows, fixtures, trims, etc. the same sizes, shapes, and styles. Imagine how your home would feel if every door, door frame, window, and fixture were of different sizes, shapes, colors, and types. It would be uncomfortable and chaotic.

And so it’s the same with landscape design.

In order to create balance, appeal, and even comfort in a landscape that is lacking, we need to create some form of consistent repetition. As little as one matching element placed on opposites can create a sense of unity and consistency.

It’s easiest and most often created in the softscape (plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc.). However, it should be considered in the hardscape (walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, boundaries, etc.) of your drawn design plan.

Landscaping and Holiday Lighting Service – Is This a Good Mix?

If you are a landscaper by profession, I bet you worry about winters as there is less demand for landscaping then. So, what do you do in your winter months – Relax? Vacation? What if you have an avenue open to you for making more money? Holiday lighting service is a perfect add on business for any landscaper. These two businesses blend in perfectly with each other.
 
As a landscaper, you already have a huge client list, right? So, you can try and monetize them further by using one of these ideas –

  1. Make a brochure advertising your new holiday lighting service and hand over to each of your clients.
  2. Offer them slight discounts if they book in advance. Say something like – Avail 10% discounts on Christmas lights if you book this August. It will induce them to book through you plus you can plan the manpower and lighting requirements well in advance and plan accordingly.

Landscaping is an outdoor business and generally those who use a landscapers service would most definitely use a Christmas lights for decoration in the festive season. In fact, these days all homes and offices light up during Christmas and very few do it themselves. With huge office spaces, it is practically impossible to decorate and light up the whole office – Of course people may do their own work stations or cabins but the entire office is a job of an expert. You can be that expert for 10000′s of companies in your state.

Garden Decor Tips

For those who enjoy gardening and landscape design, consider how much more visually striking a garden can become through the careful use of garden decor.

Garden decor involves the use of different objects placed in the garden to highlight, compliment, or accentuate the existing flowers, plants, and landscape. This includes familiar garden decor such as the use of humorous plaques and signs, free standing fairies, or tactics such as “tree people”, where a few objects are cleverly attached to a tree to create the appearance of not just a face, but a whole personality for the tree.

Additionally garden decor often includes the use of an integrated and clever lighting set up. For instance, a garden may contain various statues that also function as a solar lighting receiver, funneling energy in and back out through crafty solar panels and lights embedded in the statue.

Garden decor often includes items such as bugs, fairies, clowns, gnomes, signs, and religious figures such as baby angels, Buddha statues, and Virgin Mary statues.

When accentuating a garden using decor, it is important to have a plan which highlights the best parts of the garden. For instance, this may mean leading a viewers eyes to a certain part of the garden with an especially visually striking patch of plants. To accomplish this, decorations may be used to “lead the way” for the eye to follow, so to speak. Another method of highlighting the garden with decorations is to place a bench or creating a seating area in the garden. This naturally suggests that this area of the garden is special; people will enjoy the garden from this area, and a gardener essentially can then design the garden from the standpoint of the bench being the audience and the surrounding area the stage.

Decorations for the garden vary in price and quality. While it is tempting to save money and purchase cheap items, these decorations will likely not last. Considering that any placed in the garden must withstand the pressure of an outdoor environment, the wear and tear on them can be considerable. It is usually worth it to invest in a nicer item that will last longer than it is to save a few dollars when buying something, especially for any decoration that is year round and not seasonal.