>> Jul 7, 2016
Once you discover that you have the passion for gardening, you might as well want to unlock the inner landscaper in you. The first step to achieving that is learning the basic tongue of landscaping. Read on for some terms and definitions essential to complete your Landscaping 101 experience.
What’s on the landscape?
There are a myriad of plants you can choose from to include in your landscape plan. Know their season growth cycles: annual, biennial, and perennial. Annuals are plants that mature and die in one year. Biennials are plants that require two years to complete its life cycle. During the first season, a small rosette of leaves grows on the soil surface. Flowers and seeds appear in the second season. Perennials are somewhere in between annuals and biennials. They grow during summer and spring, die during winter, and sprout back right after.
Being knowledgeable about what plants you will grow is important to avoid unwanted landscaping dilemmas. Plants used to draw attention to the whole lawn are different from those used as groundcover. A groundcover conceals the bare earth commonly with grass, for aesthetical purposes. It also gives the lawn a uniform look and even prevents soil erosion.
Another element on your lawn that can prevent soil erosion is the mulch. This material can be in the form of straw, leaves, or small piece of wood. Mulch is spread over the ground around the plants also to prevent the growth of weeds. Weeds, on the other hand, are plants you can consider as pests. They are every landscaper’s enemies because they tend to intrude the location where more desirable plants stand. While it is satisfying for starters to kill weeds, the chore will soon wear you out.
Additional features for the extra wow
All the living things mentioned are the softscape elements in a landscape. For the extra wow, hardscapes enter the picture. These are basically hard stuff: anything made of brick, concrete, stone, wood, or metal. Hardscapes are incorporated in a landscape in order to bring out the natural beauty of the softscapes or plant materials. Examples include driveway, walkway, fence, retaining wall, patio, pavers, accent boulders, stones, natural rocks, and statues.
There are also water features you can add. Fountains, ponds, waterfalls, cascades, streams, or pools can surely beautify your landscape. It is best to visualize a theme for your plan to keep it cohesive, especially those with water features. A theme is what design and look you are trying to achieve with the space you have. The color, form, pattern, light, balance, contrast, rhythm, variety, and unity are taken into consideration.
It is likewise important to take note of balance, both symmetry and asymmetry. Symmetry is equally dividing the distribution of softscapes and hardscapes. Asymmetry is actually unbalanced—more of abstract—but still pulls the landscape all together.
Now that you are properly equipped with basic knowledge about landscaping terms, we bet you are ready to design your landscape plan. Prepare your sketch pads. Ready your shovels, too!
Written by Boulder Creek Lawn & Landscape, the best service for landscaping in Jefferson City, MO.