At first glance, landscaping may seem like a job for professionals, but in fact, do it yourself landscaping is not only possible, it will also save you a great deal of money. All it takes is some good landscaping ideas, the right tools, and a landscape design plan, and you’ll be on your way to creating an enviable landscape for your home.
Of course it is important to plan carefully in order to get the desired results, and the best approach for the first-time landscaper is a step by step approach. By the project into manageable steps, even the largest job can be made simple and easy to complete.
Survey the Area
The first step in any landscaping job, whether it is your first job or hundredth, is to survey the area to be landscaped. Take note of any special issues with the landscape, such as steep grades, hillsides and uneven ground. These natural features can lead to great ideas and can also be used to create unique and innovative landscape designs.
TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson ads, "Before selecting plants for your landscape be sure to take a soil sample."
Make a Plan
It is important to have a plan in place for turning your yard into an oasis. Map out where each element will be placed, including design elements such as statuary, garden art, rocks, boulders, gazebos, etc. Also map out the location for any flower gardens, trees, bushes and other plants.
TIP: Susan suggests, "Use magazines and books as inspiration for your plan."
Consider Your Motivation
The motivation for whipping the landscape into shape is an important consideration, and one that will help guide the project as it moves forward. The motivations for landscaping a particular area vary, from the need to sell a property quickly, to a desire for a more beautiful outdoor living space. It is important to consider your reasons for landscaping the property, and to use those motivations to create a winning landscape design.
Choose a Theme
Theme based landscapes can be stunningly beautiful, and a great deal of fun. There are many themes to choose from, from a formal garden to a relaxing Zen garden. It is important to consider your own taste and style when choosing the perfect theme for your garden.
TIP: Susan recommends, "Before starting to plant be sure to locate all underground utilities."
Care for Your Landscape
After the project has been completed, remember to provide the plants that make up the landscape with the ongoing care they need to thrive. From proper watering of your flowers to careful mowing of the lawn, caring for the landscape takes time. It is important to care for the landscape in order to keep it looking its best for years to come.
TIP: Susan advises, "Choose plants that are native to your area for best results."