Tips for Planning Your Next Landscaping Project

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Every landscaping company wants to jump into the next landscaping project and create a full-scale makeover. Sometimes a full-scale makeover is not required. Take the following tips into consideration when planning your next client landscaping project. 


Determine landscaping project needs for the client

Create a list of their needs and wants. Does your client need a playground? Would they like to grow vegetables? 


Think of the Space

Examine the sun and wind patterns. Your landscaping project design should consider what the sun and wind are doing at different times of the day and year. 


Spend time in the Space

Jumping to conclusions about your client’s space can lead to decisions that won’t work in the long run. Become one with the space for a while before making any changes. 


Start small

Sure, a complete outdoor makeover is the first impulse. To create a landscape your client would love, you should plan slowly and enjoy the process. Start planning a small change to get your client onboard before suggesting large-scale changes.

Find your focus

Every good garden design has a focal point or set of focal points, and it’s a simple principle to implement. 


Embrace change

Be honest about what would work for your client during the planning phase. Make your client embrace the changes you propose. 


Find your focus

Every good garden design has a focal point or set of focal points and it is a simple principle that can be implemented.

Focal points are used in garden design to direct and direct the line of sight. Imagine a garden, large or small, made up entirely of plants. Your eyes keep wandering, not knowing where you’re going to land. The sense of flow is great, but without concentration your garden will not really be taken in and studied.


Now imagine a garden with beautiful water features, weeping trees, or striking decorations. The first thing you will notice is this focus feature. Once their interest is focused there, they begin to notice other plants and features in the garden. The garden is slowly discovered rather than sought. It doesn’t have to be focused, but it makes the garden look more intentional.


Creating a focal point can be difficult in small gardens. Of course, you don’t want to sacrifice your entire garden for a large plant or tree. However, the focal point can be adjusted according to the size of the garden. Even the smallest space can have unique and extravagant plants that grab attention. Think tall, orange-leaved cannas or tiny drooping Japanese maples.


Garden focal ideas

Striking features and plants can be used as the focal point of your flower garden.

Rare Specimen (Red Dogwood)

Large building plant

Plant clusters 

bright colour 

single white plant

Trinkets (bird bath, bell, statue)

big rock

dwarf shrub or tree


Focus on scale and pace

This is the most difficult principle for a novice gardener, but the scale and pace give the garden a cohesive look. Tall plants are placed on top of buildings and behind flowerbeds, with walkways for people to walk through the space, and variations in size, shape, and colour. 


If there’s too much bare space to see and your kids or dogs are looking in the mud, toss out annuals, mulch, and fast-growing ground covers to help you find something while you’re at it. Rely on temporary solutions such as covering the area. We design for clients and not ourselves. Keep these points in mind when planning your next landscaping project. 


Consider Landscaping Saskatoon for your next landscaping project.