How To Landscape Your Garden and Backyard Like A Professional

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.

How To Landscape Your Garden and Backyard Like A Professional

Careful planning is essential

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.

How To Landscape Your Garden and Backyard Like A Professional

Hard work = great results

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.

How To Landscape Your Garden and Backyard Like A Professional

Keep it simple

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.

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Father and son win prestigious Bicester in Bloom 2012 awards

Bicester in Bloom 2011 - Best Kept Back Garden

Bicester in Bloom 2011 – Best Kept Back Garden

When Thompson & Morgan customer Eugene Baston and his son Reuben first entered their back garden into the Bicester in Bloom 2011 awards, they had no idea that they might win a prize… but, to their surprise, they won the Gold Award for Best Kept Back Garden!

And not only that, but the garden at the nursery that Reuben attended at the time also won gold and the ‘Best of the best’ award.

Mr Baston had been thinking of a career change and this just helped to fuel his plans. His mother, with whom he used to garden as a child, was very enthusiatic about his plans to become a professional gardener. In November 2011 Ground Level was created, but not a man to do anything by halves, Eugene set himself a challenge – to completely redesign his back garden and to use it to showcase his new business. And to enter the Bicester in Bloom competition again.

Bicester in Bloom 2012 - Best Back Garden - Gold Award Winner

Bicester in Bloom 2012 – Best Back Garden – Gold Award Winner

He moved the decking, built a path and a water feature, installed sleepers to create raised beds and lights. The project was made even more difficult by the sudden death of his mum, who had been a great inspiration. However, in dedication to her, Eugene carried on and by mid April had relaid the turf and got planting. The garden features a mixture of annuals and perennials, including dahlias (Eugene’s absolute favourite), rudbeckias, gazanias to name but a few.

Reuben exploring the secret path that Daddy built

Reuben exploring the secret path that Daddy built

In spite of this year’s dreadful weather, Eugene, with Reuben’s invaluable help, achieved what he set out to do and entered into the Best Back Garden category of Bicester in Bloom.

To their complete astonishment, they won the Gold Award for Best Kept Back Garden for the 2nd year running! And that wasn’t it – they also won the Best of the Best award!

Eugene and Reuben had also managed to find time to work on Reuben’s school garden, revamping the vegetable patch, borders and containers. The school came away from the competition with two awards.

Reuben, who started school this year and is now 5, loves gardening. He knows all the names of the plants and tells his dad when the potatoes are ready to be harvested!

Well done to you both, what a fantastic achievement!

Bicester in Bloom 2012 - Best Back Garden - Eugene & Reuben Baston

Bicester in Bloom 2012 – Best Back Garden Award

Bicester in Bloom 2012 - Best of the Best - Eugene and Reuben Baston

Bicester in Bloom 2012 – Best of the Best Award

 

 

 

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