Having made the exciting decision to create a new outdoor space, there are a few points for you to consider before we can begin the landscaping process.
- Consider what you are trying to achieve with your outdoor space. Will it be for entertaining guests, relaxing in solitude, a fun and safe kids’ play area.
- Decide on your budget. Ultimately, this will determine the scope of the work as well as the limits of your design concept.
- Develop a theme for your space, such as Australian native, modern/architectural, tropical, Mediterranean, formal – take into account the architecture and environment.
- Consider the need for preliminary earthworks to establish the desired levels for your design, as well as the availability of site access for machinery.
- Take into account existing services, such as power, water, gas and sewerage, as well as areas like clotheslines, sheds, pool equipment, etc. which may need to be screened.
- Consider external structures, such as retaining walls, garden beds and pergolas. Some or all of these may require architectural drawings and Council Approval.
- Consider the need for edging, fences or screens, to separate different spaces, as well as to provide security and privacy.
- Consider external lighting to highlight landscape features, as well as to provide security and safety.
- Consider the need for a reticulation system sufficient to water the plants in your landscape. Along with external lighting, reticulation may require pre-laying of pipe and/or wiring before any other works are commenced.
- Decide on the type of hardscapes that you require, such as paving, decking, poured limestone or concrete, etc.
- Decide on the type of softscapes that you require, such as types of lawn (natural or synthetic), plants and trees, as well as considering soils, mulches and stones.