It may seem overwhelming when you’re staring at a vacant lot and wondering how you’ll ever be able to turn it into anything resembling a backyard. Or perhaps you’re tired of the vast expanse of lawn and want something more interesting and less work. Below are a few Simple Landscaping Tips to get you started.
What Do You Want?
Before lifting that first shovel full of dirt, think about what you want your landscaping to do. There’s no sense in putting time and money into designing an area for formal entertaining if most of your get-togethers are family and friends. Do you have children that would like a play area? Do your dogs need an enclosure for romping? Would you like to have a quiet cup of tea in the morning sunlight in a secluded part of the garden? Write down all your ideas for your garden design.
How Much Time Do You Have?
Lush lawns, glorious roses, and babbling fountains are beautiful but take time and effort to maintain. If you can’t put in several hours a day on maintaining your gardens, scale it down, use less fussy plants, or use native plants that don’t care if you neglect them. Another alternative is hiring a gardening or landscaping service to maintain your landscaping for you.
What’s Your Budget?
You may want a champagne garden but be stuck with a beer budget. Determine what you can realistically afford for new landscaping for the next few years. Once that’s done prioritize your wish list. For example, hardscaping — new patios, walls and terracing — can be expensive. So get those installed first because they form the bones of your garden. It doesn’t make sense to plant the rose garden only to have to rip it up the next year to allow the equipment to build the new patio room to work.
Bigger isn’t Necessarily Better
When planting your garden leave enough space between plants so they don’t crowd each other when full grown. Those little trees may look scrawny and you’re tempted to plant closer together. If you do, the trees won’t have the room they need when they’re full size. Instead fill in the barren areas with annuals, either planted from seed or from small packs purchased from your local garden center.