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If you’ve never dealt with landscaping before, it can quickly become an overwhelming project to handle. Companies like Mike Riley’s Landscaping have been built around the expertise and professional knowledge of landscaping, making the entire process much easier for you to achieve outstanding landscaping results!

Although the principles below are key for achieving a professional looking lawn, never fear straying from what is “normal.” Going outside of what’s considered normal can help to set you apart, but these principles offer a great starting point.


Simplicity is a common principle in other artistic and design professions. We can draw similar influence for landscaping. If you’re new to landscaping, start with this principle to get started. Avoid going overboard with your projects and work at one small thing at a time. The more comfortable you get, the more ambitious you can become.

You can blend the principles of simplicity and unity together by picking a couple of colors to use throughout your landscaping projects and repeating them throughout the garden or lawn. To keep things simple, use the minimal amount of decor and furniture. As your ideas evolve you can begin to add to and change the environment.


Unity, sometimes understood as consistency and tasteful repetition, is one of the primary goals of landscaping. You’ll create unity in your lawn by repeating specific elements, like specific plants, plant groups, décor, and furniture throughout the entire lawn or landscape. By using these themes consistently throughout the entire landscape, you’ll create unity as everything will come together cohesively.


Strive for equality among the elements in your garden or landscape. By using balance, you can create an environment that is either symmetrical or asymmetrical. A symmetrical landscape is where elements are generally similarly shaped, equally spaced, identically colored, and so forth. Asymmetrical is when elements are far more abstract and don’t necessarily “match” the rest of the landscape, but the look doesn’t completely break from the other two principles of simplicity and unity.

Natural Transitions

You can utilize the natural shape of the current environment and work it into your landscaping plans. Although it is possible to alter the earth and shape it in new ways, sometimes it’s best to keep things as they were. There’s beauty to be found in using what has already been created.

If you do decide to alter the landscape, make sure that the alterations that you make are natural and fit the theme, sticking with the other principles of unification, balance and simplicity. Although you can stray from this and go for more exotic or exaggerated transitions, it may be more difficult to achieve on your own.

If you have any questions about landscaping or the principles listed above, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, give us a call today at Mike Riley’s Landscaping! We can answer all of the questions you have about landscaping, help you formulate ideas, and even help you with the project itself. We’re experienced, knowledgeable, and professional and will help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted at your home or business.