How To Landscape Your Garden and Backyard Like A Professional
Outside, the temperatures are dropping. In New York, it has started snowing on a regular basis and residents are getting used to bundling up and trekking through snow and slush. But while the winds outside are gusting and homeowners are cuddling up on their sofas and sipping some hot cocoa, a lot of people are already thinking about the upcoming spring. Dreaming of warmer weather, fresh vegetables at the market, and a lush and blooming backyard, many of these people start to make some plans on the landscaping front. Are you thinking about how to landscape your garden and backyard like a professional? Then good news is on the way. Below are some tips and pointers for making your outdoor areas look their best without paying a pricey professional to do it.
LANDSCAPING TIP #1 – START BY PLANNING
Like with any major undertaking that will take serious time and some financial investment, it is important to think ahead about what you are going to do. In the long run, taking a little bit of time to plan your landscape will save you a lot of wasted and lost time down the line. Think about what you want to do. Do you want a vegetable garden? A Koi pond? A flower garden? There are almost limitless things you can do with your backyard, so take the time to research them and pick what works best for you. Don’t start buying things until you know what your big picture plan is.
LANDSCAPING TIP #2 – GET READY TO SWEAT
If you want to save the money on hiring professionals, that leaves only one person to do the (literally) dirty work: you. So put on some old clothes, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to shovel. Ever notice how dirty professional gardeners are? That’s going to be you now, so be prepared.
LANDSCAPING TIP #3 – GO SIMPLE
If you do not have a lot of experience in landscaping and gardening, then you are in luck because you can still do a very good, professional looking job without needing a high skill level. (Sorry, no Koi pond for you.) Make your garden look like it was professionally designed by keeping it simple. Try sticking to different shades and textures of greens, with just one or two pops of color. This will keep it from looking busy and confused, while still maintaining an interesting diversity of plant life.
LANDSCAPING TIP #4 – PUT A VARIETY OF TREES IN THE FRONT YARD
During the winter, if you live in a cold climate like the Northeastern states, you are not going to have any flowers in your lawn. But if you plant trees when it warms up, they will grow and stay in your landscape during the winter. Mix up the different kinds of trees. Include evergreens like pine, and some deciduous trees too. Feel free to put vines on your home, too, which looks especially good on brick homes.
LANDSCAPING TIP #5 – KNOW WHEN TO SPEND AND WHEN TO SAVE
When it comes to plants, there are plenty of low budget options that still look great in your lawn and/or backyard. (There are also a lot of ways to even get free seeds!) But there are also times when it is worth spending a little bit more money. Invest in quality gardening tools that won’t break and need to replaced, and if you love a fountain you see, if it’s special, indulge yourself.