Introduction to Landscaping

If you have a spacious front lawn or backyard, you should consider modifying the area and turn it into a beautiful garden or put additional natural and abstract elements like bodies of water and lights. This procedure is commonly known as landscaping. You can hire professionals who have knowledge about horticulture and designing to make your backyard lovelier. If you want to personalize it, you can work with the people you hired and consult them with your requests. However, if you want to do it as a hobby, you can also choose to do most of the work. Thanks to the help of the internet, you can easily research about landscaping. There are also landscaping ideas that you can get from other people.

To understand what landscaping is, you need to know its definition. Landscaping is an activity where a land area is improved using different elements. You can put different kinds of flowers or trees; changed the land form with its shape or elevation and by putting bodies of water; and including abstract elements including weather and lighting conditions.

Here are some of the terms related to landscaping, which will make you easily understand its concept and activities:

  • Grading – the process of changing the slope level of an area of land which is done so you can build proper drainage or for other functions.
  • Aeration – the tiny slices or holes that you put in the soil to increase the water and oxygen content of the compact soil.
  • Compost – it is used in flower beds due to the nutrients it contains;thus, itassistsin the growth of plants. This is a soil product made from decomposed garden materials.
  • Dethatching – the process of removing dead grass using a dethatching machine or rake.
  • Perennials – a type of plant that only needs to be planted once and will continue to bloom for the succeeding years.
  • Underplanting – the process where smaller plants are placed in the base of a large plant so it can cover the spaces.
  • Arbor –a good structure that can be used for designing your garden; usually in the shape of an arch and made of wood where vines can climb.
  • Gazebo –structure with roof but open on the sides using solid or lattice half walls.
  • Ground cover – the materials that are used to cover the soil, such as low-growing plants, gravel, and wood chips.
  • Soil test – the process of checking the nutrient content of the soil.