I have always likened landscaping to painting a beautiful picture. In this case the canvas is your front or back yard. We start with once central focal point that would be the point of chief interest. Then the rest of the points simply go to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a fine setting for it. So, in landscaping just like in painting, there must be in the gardener’s mind a picture of what he desires the whole to be when he completes his landscaping project. With that picture in mind, the landscaper pulls everything together to complete the picture in their mind.

Should you include lots of bare open lawn in your landscaping theme? A large extent of open luscious green lawn space is always beautiful. It is restful.

This type of open landscaping adds a feeling of space to even small yards. If you cover your lawn space with many trees, with little flower beds here and there, the general effect is choppy and fussy. A bit like an over-dressed person. Not the most visual appealing result from your landscaping efforts.

When landscaping, a single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn. Do not centre the tree or trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. Make a pleasing side feature of them. In choosing trees for your landscaping project, keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree. The tree should have a good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit.

For the beauty of landscaping, the bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the pembina plum tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the burning bush, all these are beauty points to consider when planning your overall landscaping arrangement.

Landscaping may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name tells, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. You should consider the advantages and danger points in each.

In conclusion, plan for open lawn spaces in your overall landscaping design and keep a visually appealing tree to blend in the background. Think balance and you will come up with a beautiful landscaping design for your yard.

 

*Vandal’s Landscaping is a family business owned and operated by Todd Vandal and his wife Brooke Vandal, providing amazing landscapes and property maintenance in Winnipeg and surrounding areas since 1999.

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