If you are reading this, you probably have a pretty good idea of what landscaping is already and also why you need it. What you may not know is that any activity that causes a visible change in the features of an area of land is considered landscaping as well. This includes flora or fauna, bodies of water, landforms, terrain elevation and shape, gardening, the weather and even lighting conditions.
We don’t recommend doing your landscaping yourself unless you are a landscaping professional. Landscaping requires expertise in art, design, and horticulture. It is both an art and science – you need an artistic sense, a sense of what is visually appealing, an understanding of aesthetics. But you also need some pretty specific technical knowledge. Rarely does one person have both – we just aren’t wired that way.
A real professional understands the land and knows what the right tools are to work it. Construction and development require study and observation. As landscapes vary depending on the geographic region, we suggest contacting local nature experts, especially if you are new to landscaping. Understanding the land and site is one of the key essentials for successful landscaping. Diverse natural features like topography, frost line depth, terrain, soil qualities, native flora and fauna and prevailing winds must be taken into consideration.
In some cases, the land just cannot be landscaped – you have to change its shape completely. This, too, is possible, and it is known as grading. This might be necessary where your yard or lawn is in really bad shape – for instance if someone just laid sod over rocks and clay and it ended up washing away. This is fixable. You could add organic matter to the clay, plant some trees and shrubs, or lay gravel over the worst parts. Better yet, why not contract a landscaping company? There is a wide variety to choose from. If grading or filling is needed, a company would be indispensable. It might be dangerous to try to do this yourself, and what’s more, you might not have the right equipment. Filling involves adding earth to the land.
Sometimes cutting may be needed. This is the opposite of filling – it means removing earth. This is done to get rid of excessive rocks, soil or waste.
What tools are used in landscaping, most commonly? At first the landscaping professional makes a sketch of what could be done with your garden / yard. It’s important to be really clear and specific about what you want at this stage. Rarely is a beautiful landscape achievable without a bulldozer, a chainsaw or a lawnmower or several of each. The plant qualities are different depending on the area. A huge amount of fertilizer is needed to this end. If the area you want landscaped is relatively large, it would be best to mix rocks of varying sizes with gravel to make it look more appealing and don’t forget you can always see which chainsaws are the best for the job here.
If you want something really unique, however, you should look into aqua-scaping, arboriculture, and horticulture.