by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)
Home landscaping design is a very creative field, and you can experience an immense sense of satisfaction and self-fulfillment once you see your finished product.
By seeing the fruits of your labor on your lawn, you can learn that with enough hard work, innovation and creativity, you can have the perfect backyard or front lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors.
Here are some do-it-yourself landscaping tips:
1. Survey the general area that you want to landscape and make a plan.
Some home owners end up with a lousy home garden because they did not plan well. They just fill up any empty space with plants, without considering the aesthetic design.
For you to succeed in designing your lawn and landscaping your home, sit down and make a rough sketch. Assign areas where you would like to put the plants. Arrange them in such a way that there will be some order, without sacrificing the beauty of your surroundings.
If you plan to use garden furniture, place it in a strategic place where it will be enjoyed.
Remember to stick to your plan once it is finished.
2. Know the reason why you would like to landscape your lawn.
The main objective of residential landscaping is to maximize the potential of the excess land that you have. Some think that just because you have a grassy area outside the house, it would qualify as a landscaped lawn.
There are a lot of alternative landscaping designs that you can choose to beautify your surroundings.
3. Choose the proper theme for your landscape design.
Research which plants and trees and determine which are best for surviving the seasons of your area. There are shrubs that are appropriate and will do well in your lawn area during the summer season. During the autumn season, there are trees that you can plant that will show off the beauty of your garden.
Just imagine all the colors that will contribute to your landscape design if you select a plant, shrub, flower or tree that blooms or has colorful foliage and looks beautiful during each season of the year.
4. Once you have decided on the plants, make sure that you water them well.
One of the mistakes that homeowners have after they finish their landscape design is insufficient irrigation. Make sure that you water and fertilize your plants according to their needs.
If you are going to be away from home, have somebody do the watering for you. Otherwise, you will end up with an ugly, dried-out lawn and/orgarden.
Follow these tips and you will have a great-looking front or backyard that you designed yourself.
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