Beginner Tips on How to Design a Backyard Landscape

Planning a landscape can be overwhelming because homeowners are afraid of making a mistake that will cost them a lot of money. However, the iScape app makes it super easy because landscapers or homeowners can plan the design in multiple ways making it easy to choose which plan is the best.

Step 1 – Make a Priority List

Determine what needs are most important for the back garden. Make a list. Do the kids need a play area? Is there a passionate cook in the family that wants a hardscaped patio and outdoor bar cooking area? Will there be a walkway leading from the front garden? How much shade is needed? What type of patio is needed?

Step 2 – Consider Location and Measure Well

Placing a tree in the back garden represents a fairly permanent commitment. Will the tree be shading the home to reduce air conditioning bills in the summer? Do you want the patio to be placed in the hot sun or cool shade? Location for your priority list makes a difference.

When designing a backyard landscape, the most important part of the design and installation is the advance planning. Absolutely critical is forethought and a careful understanding of the old phrase, “Measure twice and cut once.” When planning for a patio, for instance, we often think we want a certain size of patio. However, once the area is measured out, it might be clear that you need a much larger area for a patio than you originally thought. This makes measuring the area first critically important.

Step 3 – Lay Out the Design with iScape

Now is the time to begin laying out your design in the iScape app. Take a photo of the area and begin placing hardscaping for the design first. Play around with the app, changing the hardscaping a few times until you find the right placement.

Then emphasize focal points. It might be a statue or sculpture or creative grouping of shrubs, but adding a single focal point or several focal points for the eye to wander and rest is a great way to design a truly stunning landscape that stands out in the neighborhood.

Add the plants into the design, keeping in mind the sun location and what type of sun exposure the plants require. Additionally, pay attention to scale – if everything is the same size, it begins to look boring. By having variations in size and color, it reduces monotony and improves the artistic aspect of the design. Finally, place furniture and accessories for a truly finished look.

Of course, designing with iScape is very easy, but the best part of creating designs this way is that it is easy for a landscaper to take the images from the app and translate them into a beautiful finished product.

Download iScape now and create designs to make your garden beautiful. iScape it!