When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Here are a couple of matters you should consider quite carefully before starting a landscaping project.
How long you'll have to wait for your plants to grow
You should check how long it will take each of the plants you're going to add to the garden to grow. Many plants take weeks to germinate, months to bloom and several years to fully mature. If you don't want to wait months to see some colourful blossoms in your garden, you might need to swap some of your seeds for ones that are fast-growing. This will ensure that after weeks of landscaping, you won't be left with a sparse and unexciting garden that doesn't reflect the work you've put into creating it.
If you decide to go for a mixture of slow and fast-growing plants, make sure to alternate them in the soil so that you do not end up with one section that is flourishing after a few weeks, and another that is still completely bare and dull-looking. If, however, there are no fast-growing plants that you like, but you want to be able to enjoy the landscaped garden soon after you're finished working on it, you should invest in a few 'readymade' potted plants, as well as some outdoor decor (such as garden sculptures, a bright-coloured fence trellis and patterned paper lanterns) that will brighten up the dull areas until your seedlings are ready to bloom.
Where your favourite spot to relax is
You should also try relaxing in different areas of the garden before you do any landscaping. If you'll be laying a new patio somewhere in the garden, it's important to ensure that it's in an area that you are happy to spend long periods in. For example, whilst you might have initially considered laying the patio in a corner of the garden that gives you a view of the new pond you're going to create, you might find, after sitting in this area for an hour or two, that the trees over this area make it uncomfortably chilly, even when it's sunny, or that it is too close to your neighbour's fence for your comfort.
If you don't test out various spots in the garden before settling for a specific patio construction zone, you might end up wasting your materials on a patio that you don't want to use, due to the aforementioned reasons. Additionally, you may have to rip up this patio and spend another week replacing the turf in this spot before choosing a better location for this feature.