Land­scap­ing tips and ad­vice for your next gar­den project

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT - By Dorothy Dob­bie

Shap­ing the land was the orig­i­nal role of the land­scaper; mov­ing earth and rocks to cre­ate a de­sign in the nat­u­ral to­pog­ra­phy. This is still true, but mod­ern land­scap­ers have a lot more to work with in terms of the hard fea­tures they can in­tro­duce to your yard, and they need a lot of knowl­edge to un­der­stand what will work and what will not. Your vi­sion of what you want your yard to look like may be con­strained by many is­sues, in­clud­ing such things as the ori­en­ta­tion of your prop­erty to the sun and the wind.

Land­scap­ers come with dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ex­per­tise. Some are more qual­i­fied on the plant side than oth­ers. Some are ex­perts in deal­ing with the hard fea­tures and un­der­stand­ing how to en­sure those fea­tures are long last­ing and at­trac­tive. While oth­ers are es­pe­cially adept at in­stalling wa­ter fea­tures.

Cre­at­ing a well de­signed gar­den re­quires a lot of work, but it is well worth it in the end when you can en­joy the re­sults.

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