Landscaping requires detailed planning
WHILE planning a garden, a landscape or a feature, it is not always necessary to follow the book. This way you may end up with something more formal than intended. However, there are a few basic steps that can make the job easy. The first thing to keep in mind is your family’s needs and choices. Then visualise plants of your choice and the style of features you want and put these down on paper. Then proceed to implement the plan on the ground.
Planning a garden is like
planning a canvas for painting. You have to keep the things in
proportion and balance. The basic mistake made while planning is not to
see the future perspective and site allocation. It has to be according
to the type of feature that you want to introduce. Buying of plants,
net, paving stones, statuettes, pots, pebbles, etc, has to be done
accordingly. Some mistakes made at the initial stage may prove costly
The planting plan is most important in garden planning. While allocating a site for a particular plant, many things like the potential height, spread, nature of the plant—whether it is deciduous or evergreen— time and colour of flowering, etc, are to be kept in mind. It is also important to identify the location of sewerage, electricity installations, both above and below the ground, water pipes and telephone lines. The placement of the plant should be done keeping in mind the sun direction. Filling with good soil is the next step and the most important aspect. On this depends the performance of the lawn and plants. Do not compromise on the quality of the soil even if you have to buy it.
The concrete areas also need greening with pots or some landscape features that you can easily create from the building waste. In the accompanying picture, the base has been created with bricks, cement, etc. Cinder has also been placed to create a hill-like effect. Different pockets have been created and planted with hardy species with a sprinkling of moss grass. This feature can be shift to any desired site. Similarly, you can create a complete landscape with features like miniature bridges, ponds, hut, lamps, and a road on small platforms giving an undulated appearance to the soil.