Every new gardener wonders how to be their own landscape designer. Stop being overwhelmed and start getting simple instructions with Home Landscaping, a guide to yard planning.
All good things begin with a plan. In order to be happy with gardening results, it’s best to map things out in advance. Remember to make a plan that includes the following:
- Lot Boundaries
- Underground Utilities
- Overhead wires
- Solar outdoor lighting
- Both undesirable and desirable views
- Existing trees and garden plantings
Soil Preparation and Site Planning
Learning to examine the soil can make the difference between starting out successfully or fighting a frustrating failure. Learn about soil improvements, drainage, how to create a terrace, provide irrigation and add attractive outdoor lighting.
Designing Walls and Fences
Create privacy and separation in a garden by designing walls and fences that work for the space. Add gates and trellises for beauty and function. Remember to consider pool fence design or a dog fence.
Trees and Shrubs
Planting trees and shrubs are often overlooked by new gardeners, but their long-term effects can have the most impact on a yard. Learn about pruning, how to choose the best trees and shrubs, planning for seasonal effect, adding hedges, purchasing tips, caring for new plants and the proper way to stake.
Learn to plan or renovate a lawn, add ground cover, and maintain an established lawn.
All About Flowers
Add beauty to a yard with flowers, including a clipping garden that can benefit an indoor landscape as well. Add borders and beds, design with perennials, supplement with annuals, design with bulbs and care for flower gardens.
Special attention is given to:
- Adding borders and beds that are fragrant and colorful
- Gathering plants that will make an attractive border
- How to design a border with the proper height, color and bloom
- Sample plans and perennial borders
Garden Design Basics
Getting started when presented with a blank landscape can be overwhelming to a new gardener. You can always look up your nearest local home & gardening center or landscaping supplies store for help. Many landscaping suppliers deliver right to your home and have galleries to get an idea of where to start.