Knowing how to design the landscape of your home can be difficult, especially if you don’t know a ton about landscaping. Something that may not come to mind right away when thinking of landscaping is how your environment can affect the way you should landscape. Consulting with a landscaper can make this process a lot easier. Here are three things to consider when you are landscaping based on the varying climate you live in.
Rain and Snow
The first thing to think about when planning landscaping for your yard is the amount of precipitation you typically get in your area. First, let’s talk about why the amount of rain and snow in your area matters. Rain is the main source of water for all plants. It’s important to know the amount you receive to know which kinds of plants to put in your yard and what kind of watering system is needed to keep the plants alive. Hiring a landscaper can make this process a lot easier!
It is also important to know the amount of snow and rain you receive because the amount factors into what kind of drainage you need in your yard. Drainage affects everything in your yard, from your plants to your pool. It is crucial to know how your climate affects your drainage so that you can know where to place things and how to avoid flooding and other issues drainage problems can cause. Landscapers understand the proper steps it takes to test your draining system and what it’ll take to fix any draining issues.
Knowing how much sun your environment receives every day also plays a big role. One example of why landscapers stress knowing the effect of the sunlight on your yard is because depending on the kinds of plants you decide to put in your yard, the better or worse they will grow—some need a lot of sun and others don’t. Also, noting what angle your yard receives the most sun from can help you decide where to set up outdoor furniture and let you know if you need to invest in something to create shade. The angle of sunlight changes throughout seasons too. Remember this when landscaping for seasonal activities.
Factoring wind into your landscaping is something most people forget, but wind can play a large role in the level of comfort you can enjoy in your backyard. Knowing the prevailing wind directions in your area can help you to decide where to place garbage bins and composts to reduce the amount of odors being blown into the common area of your yard. Paying attention to which directions constant noises are coming from can help you decide where to place blockages to reduce those noises. Landscapers often have creative ways to block these noises and smells without making it obvious that this is what you are doing.
Landscaping for different environments can mean different things for different areas. Knowing the rain and snow levels your area receives on average annually, the level and angle of sunlight you get, and the prevailing wind directions can help make landscaping easier for yourself and for your landscaper. As a result, you are on your way to a dream backyard.