You have probably considered hiring a landscaping expert to fix up your yard. But, it is less expensive and much more enjoyable to do the work on your own. You simply need some new ideas, knowledge, and skill. Read on to learn some tips and tricks that you can use to create a nice-looking yard.
While you may be tempted to let ivy grow all over your house, do not let that happen unless you are ready to put a lot of effort into properly maintaining and caring for it. Ivy attracts a lot of bugs, including termites and that may end up greatly costing you in the end.
Talk to a professional prior to starting on a landscaping project. Although they need not take part in the whole project, paying a little money upfront for their advice may mean the difference between a stress-free project and one that is fraught with mistakes. Talking with an expert is particularly important if you have no landscaping experience.
If you live in a part of the country that is at risk for wildfires, choose landscaping projects accordingly. For example, trees should be planted at least 100 feet apart. Additionally, large trees should not be planted less than 100 feet from your house or other building structure (garden, shed, workshop, etc.).
A good way to help plants survive is to utilize peat moss. It provides them with nutrients that the soil typically lacks on its own. Additionally, peat moss is a very beautiful contrast to the rest of your landscape.
A great way to really make your landscaping stand out is to use flowering trees. This can really add some vibrancy to your landscape as it can add lots of different colors. Consider using these items as a border to your entire landscaping design. When the trees blossom, it will really look great.
Take the time to talk to an experienced landscaper, or do your own research online before you begin your work. Even if you decide to do your own landscaping you should still consult a professional about the project. If you are unsure, these professionals can give you helpful tips while also telling you what to avoid doing. If you know what you are doing, a second opinion on the matter can still be very helpful.
Cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Generally, common plants and some building materials, like lumber, cost less. Cheaper materials may not have the quality and selection that you can find at many specialized stores. While they may be pricier, these stores tend to include expertise that you won’t find in some of the cheaper places, like tips, assistance, deals, and warranties on the particular materials that they specialize in.
If you have something that is unsightly on your property, remember that landscaping can be a great way to hide it. You can hide your garbage cans with tall hedges, or a telephone pole with a large tree. Take any eyesores into consideration when you are planning out your landscaping project, then work to plant things that make those areas more attractive.
Consider the amount of sunlight that hits different areas on your property before deciding what to plant there. Some plants need full sunlight while others thrive in shade. If you plant the incorrect varieties in the wrong areas, you are setting yourself up for failure. Talk to a professional at your local nursery to determine which plants will do best in different lighting conditions.
If you have drainage problems in your yard, fix them before you begin to plant. If the soil in your yard is too wet, your plants will fall victim to root rot quickly. This will result in dead plants and added expenses for you. If you take care of the problems first, you will save money in the long run.
Do not assume you’re stuck with a boring, dead landscape in the winter. Look for ways to add splashes of color to your lawn. Brightly colored furniture, berry-producing woody shrubs, evergreens, and attractive hardscape designs, like pathways, can all keep your yard interesting when everything else is grey and brown.
One of the keys to successful landscape design is to be completely honest with yourself about the time you are willing and able to dedicate to maintenance and plant care. If you design a space that requires labor-intensive plants and other materials but has little time in which to tend them, you will ultimately end up disappointed.
Know what items can be purchased cheaply at your local home-improvement store and which ones you should spend top dollar on. It makes sense to purchase common items, such as mulch, pavers and ordinary perennials, at a big-box store. Specialty items and exotic plants should be purchased from a store that has a knowledgeable staff capable of advising you on the correct installation procedures or care of your purchase.
You should now feel confident to transform your yard. Give yourself a pat on the back. You can now go out and have fun. Start planning your perfect yard and begin making your dream yard a reality.