We typically work with residential homeowners who have lofty aspirations for their landscape, and their dreams can take up a lot of physical space on their property. Oftentimes, we have to find ways to use the space they have available in the most effective ways, to fit in all of their ideas. From design elements, to actual installations, to general concepts, there are a few different tips and tricks you can use to maximize the space available to you. We all know how valuable your landscape is to your property, as it affects your property value, and represents you and your household. Getting the most out of it is paramount, so here we will go over 5 ways to use space efficiently in your landscape.
Utilize Vertical Space
This concept rings true throughout your landscape, from vertical containers, to the addition of a retaining wall, or stone edging, where you can plant above and below. You will always run out of horizontal space, but if you think vertically there will always be room. Additionally, purchase and install plants that are skinny and tall, as they will use up less ground space.
Lose the Lawn
The necessity of a lush green lawn is a thing of the past, and oftentimes you are better off utilizing the space that is taken up by your lawn, for other landscaping activities. Less maintenance will be just one result, but when you install a hardscape or flower bed, you gain valuable landscape beauty, and lose a bland yard. Natural grass is nice, but there are many great alternatives, and in a smaller space you can do so much more.
Landscape Next to Fences and Walls
Another great way to find space when you do not think you have any, is to cozy up right next to the borders of your property. Flower beds, vines, or decorative rocks can all be placed on or around these borders, accenting the edges of your landscape nicely. They are often an afterthought, but a very iconic place to plant your best material. You can then integrate aspects of vertical landscaping, with taller plants in the back, and shorter ones in the front.
Plant on Your Hardscapes
A great way to integrate parts of your landscape, using space more effectively, is to plant within your hardscaped areas. Edge your walkways with flowers, or add a variety of container plants to your patio. Furthermore, take a look at your retaining walls, and think about how you can integrate greenery around them.
Utilize Professional Design-Build Services
At Dream Greener, our landscape architects specialize in creating dream landscapes for our Pittsburgh clients, and there is no better way to maximize space than to have the professionals crunch the numbers. Knowing exactly how much space you have to work with, and what is feasible within it will be the key to a gorgeous landscape. When thinking about any addition to your property, you are probably better off leaving it to the professionals, knowing it will be done properly.
Dream Greener Lawn & Landscape is led by a staff of service experts, each with ten years or more of professional experience, focused exclusively on lawn care & maintenance, landscaping and snow & ice management. Let us apply these 5 ways to use space efficiently on your landscape. Locally owned and operated, we are proud to serve the greater Pittsburgh area.