You’re sitting at the island in your kitchen, your cup of morning coffee reflected in the polished granite surface. Outside, birds are pecking at the birdfeeder and beyond lies your property, just starting to emerge from under its wintertime blanket of snow and ice. It’s a blank canvas at this time of year. You’re free to take it in whatever direction you choose so that when the outdoor weather arrives you’ll be ready. Maybe you don’t need to make major changes, just a few tweaks to liven things up, put a new spin on some existing elements or add finishing touches to some ideas that didn’t quite fulfil expectations last year. In that spirit here are a half dozen ideas you may want to talk over with a Toronto landscaping contractor.
Working with a Toronto Landscaping Contractor to Fine Tune the Yard
Kicking around landscaping ideas is great fun, especially on those lazy, late winter days when you don’t have much else going on. If you’re at a loss for where to being here are 6 landscaping ideas for the New Year you might want to consider.
- Take a fresh look at what you have – When artists reach a point where they feel stymied by the painting they’re working on they will often simply turn it to the wall for a while and work on something else. A week or a month later when they turn it back around they can see it with fresh eyes. While you can’t turn your yard to the wall the notion of looking at it with fresh eyes is still a valid one and can be achieved by taking photos of the yard from different angles. Once you have a bunch of pictures open them in your favourite photo editing app and play with them. Change them to black and white, kick up the contrast, posterize them, whatever. Looking at familiar things in unfamiliar ways can often reveal things we would otherwise miss and provide guidance on what may need changing.
- Add planters – Perhaps your photo experiment revealed that there were some parts of the yard that just seemed devoid of interest or structure. If this is the case consider installing planters in these areas. Planters have been used by everyone from the old couple next door to André Le Nôtre in the gardens of Versailles. Their usefulness lies in their versatility. They can be large or small, copper, marble, steel, concrete (or any of a dozen other materials), formal or whimsical and can provide primary or secondary visual interest. Planters will automatically ramp up the appeal of your yard but they need to be chosen and deployed wisely. This is where a Toronto landscaping contractor like ME Contracting comes in. They can help you make the perfect choice for your property.
- Plant a tree or two – Trees serve a variety of purposes in a landscape design. They provide shade, denote a transition from one area to another, act as windbreaks (and snowbreaks in a city like Toronto), add colour and seasonal interest (should they be flowering trees) and even provide fruit. They can be large or small and can occupy some of those planters you may have installed. Trees can tie a yard together and enhance the value of your property to a noticeable degree. You should always consider adding trees to spruce up a yard. Ask your Toronto landscaping contractor about planting some.
- Loosen things up – It’s not uncommon for landscape designs to be primarily composed of straight lines. Even if these straight sight lines intersect in some interesting ways it can all be a bit too classical for the average yard. Consider introducing curved lines to the landscape. Not in a willy nilly fashion but in a way that loosens up the structure while working within it. Winding pathways, curved retaining walls and rounded water elements are just a few ways this can be done. The new curvilinear elements will often reveal aspects of the original design had previously been unexplored and unexploited. The pros at ME Contracting can work with you to enhance your landscape in this manner.
- Introduce vines – Adding flora is a great way to fill out a landscape design or call attention to particular areas, or complement others. Vines are an often unappreciated way to introduce a unique look while fulfilling practical functions as well. Vines can provide shade, create windbreaks, provide privacy and in the case of something like Morning Glory, transform your patio area into a breathtaking oasis of early morning tranquillity. There are several different types of vines you can consider introducing into the yard. Talk to your Toronto landscaping contractor to get a better idea which will work best with your yard.
- Don’t forget the rest of the property – While most of the landscaping focus is brought to bear on the front and back yards the potential of the area along the side of the house is often unrealized. This is a shame because this area can likely be used to bring the front and back of the house together and create a single, unified landscape scheme for the property. This unified front will ramp up both the curb appeal and market value of the property. A narrow garden can be introduced as a transitional element that connects front and back while providing its own special charms. The side yard may also be a good location to introduce planters, again as a transitional element that carry over into the back yard. The possibilities are endless.
With a new year comes new possibilities for improving your property’s landscape design. Don’t think for a moment that that means you have to scrap everything and start over though. Often all you’ll need to do is introduce a few of the elements discussed above in order for the whole property to click. Give ME Contracting Toronto a call today and get the conversation started on making the most of your yard in 2017.