How to approach your landscape project

Create your the garden of your dreams with our eye-catching advice, ideas, and planning suggestions.

Trusting your landscaping specialist to plan and manage your project can ensure that you get the results of your dreams.

You will need a structure that establishes an appealing ambiance that suits your unique requirements in terms of interior designing, such as relaxation areas, recreational spaces, utility installations, all of which are dependent on the sort of garden you have, lawn and plant care requirements, equipment needed, and so on.

Let’s take a closer look together.

Structure and Management

A successful project, regardless of its scale, is one that is well-planned.

Good planning includes:

It’s now the perfect time to sit down and figure out what you want on your land now and in the future, as well as what you don’t want. The garden or patio of your aspirations should reflect your personality and function as a natural extension of your home. As a result, you may better prepare yourself to plan highly specific present and future installations and picture the arrangements that need to be made now without interfering with those that need to be done later. For example, the delimitation of the land with a fence or hedges, a vehicle parking space, the lawn area, and the occupancy of non-grassed space with equipment such as swimming pools, playgrounds, a porch, and so on.
This is also an excellent moment to ask yourself some insightful questions to understand your goals and desires, such as:
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Do you want a fantastically decorative lawn?

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Do you want to build a designated space for lunch with family or friends? A grilling area?

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Do you want to adapt your landscape to the needs of your family?

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Keep it simple ?

Analysis of Environmental Factors

With your wants and objectives well defined, you may consider the many characteristics of your area. Because there’s what you want to accomplish, but there’s also what you can do depending on the terrain or the exposure of your outside area. Consider factors like land geography, street corners, obstacles, house architecture, hardiness zone, floor structure, water flow, and anything else that characterizes your space. Water sources, such as underground sprinklers or a spigot, are another important factor to consider. Elevations have a vital role as well. In general, drainage should flow away from your home rather than toward it. Soil analysis is necessary because the climate and exposure also play an important role in the choice of plants.

When planning your landscape, keep maintenance in mind. Plants with equivalent care requirements should be placed together, and higher-maintenance plantings should be planted near the house where the added beauty may worth the extra care. Desing with maintenance in mind.

In Texas, choose low-maintenance plants or plants that are resistant to heat and drought. They require less water and attention to resist, making them suitable for gardeners with little time.

Think about the project as a whole

You might not be able to afford to build your dream garden all at once. Certain aspects, however, must be anticipated; otherwise, complex and costly work would be required. If you want to build a pool, a pool house, or a patio, you must set aside a specific area for them. Think about how the paths will be laid out. Paths should be at least 3 feet wide in frequently used areas. Keep in mind that when plants overrun over the margins of surrounding borders, they will become functionally narrower.

You will also need to consider how the garden will be irrigated.

The heat of summer puts pressure on our plants. Summertime irrigation is made much easier with automatic irrigation systems. However, it is essential that they are well-designed. A badly constructed system wastes water, and therefore money, and can lead to more maintenance difficulties as you replace sprinkler heads that aren’t working properly. At Innovation Grounds we install automatic watering systems with timers, which must also be anticipated by burying pipes in the ground. Learn more about this matter on our previous post about lawn care guidance.

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Lighting is essential in the design of an outdoor area, as it allows you to enjoy the garden in the evening while also highlighting the contrasts of your plants with your architecture. You must consider incorporating electric illumination into your electrical system. Solar lighting can also be a solution with economical and nomadic lamps.
Finally, keep in mind that creating this garden will take some time, and that the optimal time to plant is in the autumn.

Pre-Project Sketch

Now that you understand exactly what you want and need, write everything down and start sketching out your project. Make this sketch manually on a snapshot of your location plan or on squares pages. You’ll be able to visually express your observations, generate ideas, suggest solutions during planning meetings, and construct the final plan thanks to it. This imagery will be as valuable to you as it will be to the professional landscaper who will assist you in the realization of your desired project.

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Tip: Your garden must be as aesthetically pleasing in winter as in summer and play with shapes as well as volumes. Position the creeping plants in the foreground, the mid-height plants in the center and finally, the large subjects in the background. Do not hesitate to vary the colors of blooms either to brighten up the garden in any season.


Landscaping necessitates both time and money. Landscaping necessitates both time and money. We can assist you in making decisions that are suited to your budget, desired design, and the amount of time it will take to complete your garden. It all depends on the time spent, the difficulty of the work but also the choice of materials. Assisting you in the creation of an ultra-detailed estimation line by line will allow you to get a good look at the project as a whole while making operating adjustments to fit it inside your budget.

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We strive to learn exactly what it is that you want in your landscape and what your budget will be to accomplish your dream yard. We will ask a series of questions to make sure that we are building the landscape according to your vision, but you must be honest about what you want and how much you can spend.

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