In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how individuals can plan their landscape to reflect their individual taste and needs. Once the overall landscape plan has been approved and finalized by those who will be living there, it is time to think about what plants, shrubs, and trees will be desired and appropriate for the areas of landscaping so designated. Again, as in planning the landscaping for your home, let all who will be living there participate in sharing what types of plants, shrubs, and trees each would enjoy having. When this list is complete, there are essentials to consider for each choice:
All of the above seems complicated and very time-consuming. However, you want your landscaping to reflect you and those who live with you, and you want to be able to enjoy your outside spaces. If you make a list of each plant, tree, and shrub you are considering and then going across the page, create columns for each concern, you can, as you answer each question, write a brief answer in the column next to each selection. Sometimes just a “yes, no, or checkmark will be all that is needed to see if that particular plant, shrub, or tree will be a good choice for your landscape.
Once you have decided on your plants, trees, and shrubs, it is best to again consult with a local landscaper. As with many of life’s challenges, by getting the advice of someone who has knowledge in that area, you will benefit in the long run. A little money spent on getting professional landscaping advice is usually well worth it as gardening mistakes can be very costly and time-consuming. Best Cuts Lawn and Landscaping for folks who live in Ocala, Florida and surrounding areas know how to help. Their phone number for information and a free estimate is (352) 216-0512.