Guide to Home Landscaping

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.

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
  • Slopes
  • Downspouts
  • Puddles
  • Erosion
  • 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.

Lawn Care

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.

Finding The Best Carpet For Your Home

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When it comes time to decorating and furnishing your new home, it can be hard to truly figure out and decide upon what kind of carpeting you want throughout. There are tons of different options, varieties, and various other accessories that come into play when you are choosing on a carpet. Some of these factors include:

  • Color
    • Do you want a neutral color rug? A brightly colored rug that highlights the room? Or something entirely unique that stands out?
  • Material
    • This is one of the biggest factors that should be considered. What sort of material do you want your carpeting to be? A thick, shag carpet, or a less bouncy, more modern looking carpet with an incorporated design?
  • Upkeep
    • Some carpeting materials require more upkeep than others. Whether it’s because you decided on a white carpet over a brown one, or a thick, porous carpet over a thinner one, it’s important to keep the carpet’s maintenance in mind.

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Many times, individuals will take a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot and just purchase a cheap $20 rug to throw over hardwood. If you want the job done right, it’s important that the carpet you purchase is made of high-quality and will still look just as fresh a few years down the road. If your personal preference leans towards neutral colors and thick, cushioned carpeting, then go for it! If you want a more modern, streamlined look, be sure to think about the other furnishings in the room as well.

I recommend a store such as Ikea or going online to figure out the right carpeting or rug that would best fit your needs. Ikea, a Swedish home-store, is extremely affordable and offers very high-quality products at a low price. It can be tough walking in to Ikea and not leaving with multiple carts!

Most homes would be perfectly fine with your average, run of the mill carpet, that is generally a mix between cushioned/hard and normally an off-white or brownish color.

If you think that a carpeted floor would be your preference, here are some of the benefits of going with carpet:

  • Collects pet dander and hair
    • This is a big thing for homes with carpets. Carpeting is the best material for collecting all of your pet’s dander and fur flying around. With a hardwood floor, the hair, dust, and dander tends to float around, never actually collecting in a single spot. This allows you to merely vacuum the carpet normally to clean it.
  • Easy to maintain
    • Unlike hardwood flooring, carpets can be pretty easy to maintain. Generally, a weekly vacuum in combination with a bi-annual steam cleaning can make your carpets shine for their entire lifetime. You can normally rent out steam cleaners and other house hold products from a home improvement store near you.
  • Affordable
    • This is one of the main reasons many people go with carpet over hardwood – it’s affordable! Having an entire carpet section put down, rather than hardwood floors, can save thousands of dollars in both the product itself and all of the labor that goes into it.