Landscaping for beginners

Landscaping for beginners

Landscaping for beginners is a guide that will allow you to create attractive landscapes that you will enjoy for years saving lots of money in the process. Landscaping provides the curb appeal that will get buyers and renter to stop and look and want to see the inside of your property.

Professional landscaping projects can cost a small fortune, and at first may seem a daunting project to undertake, however this article will break it down so that anyone can take on a landscaping project.

Before we get started just a few tips, decide weather you are will be maintaining this or if you are just landscaping for resale. Use your local nursery instead of the big box stores, you will get better pricing and a wider selection, the plants are usually healthier. You will find employees at the nursery more helpful than the ones at big box stores. Indigenous species of plants will usually do better in your location, plus require less maintenance. Perennials will continue to bloom every year, annuals will not.

First find a design you like. The best place to start is at a new housing development. If you have one near by, stop and look at the model home, bring your camera. Take lots of photos. If you have no new developments use photos online.

Keep in mind a landscape project can be developed over time, you don’t have to shell out a bunch of money all at once. How quickly you complete the landscape will be based on your schedule and budget.

Choose a design you like, from the photos. Find the structural elements in the landscape design you like. The structural elements are the main focal point or usually the biggest feature in your design.

Think of landscapes as a structure or a work of art. So your canvas or foundation is the area that you will be landscaping choose a shape for your design, you can use spray paint to mark off an area. Clear the area, take it down to bare dirt, remove rocks, weeds, grass, etc.

Now that the canvas is clear, plant the main focal elements. The main focal elements are usually trees that do not provide too much shade so that other elements in the landscape can grow. Now layer in the other elements such as shrubs, and flowers. Remember the bigger growing plants should be in the back or in the middle (if it is shaped like an island) and flowers in the front. Use mulch to provide additional color contrast and also control weeds.

Congratulations your now a landscaping expert, Enjoy.