Landscaping is all about putting your personal design stamp on your outdoor space. You can hire a professional landscaper and allow them to design a landscaping theme, or ask them to follow your ideas. If you are someone that loves gardening and out door projects, you can create beautiful landscapes all by yourself.
First, you will need to study your yard, and decide what it is you want to create. Is it your intention to have flower gardens, fountains or outdoor entertainment areas? Perhaps you are interested in a small amount of all of these things.
Draw up a design of your yard space. You don’t have to be an artist, just draw it out the best you can. It helps if you are actually in your yard doing this. Keep in mind the amount of maintenance each section of your landscaping will need. The more flower beds or rock gardens you put in, the less mowing you will need to do (but the flowers do need weeding).
Everything you decide to do to your landscaping project needs to flow together. For instance, if you put in a rock garden, complete with a fountain in it, the color of pavers you use for a patio should blend with the color of the rocks in the rock garden.
Any flowers or shrubbery added to the landscaping should fit the homeowner’s lifestyle. Some flowers and shrubbery needs a lot of care and pruning. Perhaps you need something that is very low maintenance, because you are either too busy to give it much care, or are just don’t enjoy doing yard work.
Doing the landscaping your self can save a lot of money, but keep in mind that it is a lot of work. DIY (do it yourself) projects can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a nightmare if you find yourself up against something you don’t know how to do. If you plan to lay a patio with brick pavers, research how it is done first.
Many home improvement centers have project sheets that will give you directions and a list of necessary materials. Some even offer free DIY classes on certain projects. There are also several Internet sites for do-it-yourself projects. You can get great ideas and then adapt them to your own lifestyle.
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Start with smaller projects like small flower beds, or shrubbery bordering your home. Keep in mind that it is all right to change your mind as the project continues. Once you actually see your new rock garden and fountain, you may decide that you don’t really want to add flowers around it, as It will make a big enough statement on its own.
Setting up your landscaping to fit your lifestyle is the key to perfect enjoyment of your handiwork. If you just want to look at it as you pass by to get inside, set it up accordingly. If you spend a lot of time in your backyard grilling, entertaining or just enjoying it, set it up to reflect that.