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Planning Your DIY Landscaping

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by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)

Landscaping is an art. It is something that takes some time to do, some effort, and some patience. Landscaping – if done properly – will be a masterpiece. Every part is very simple is planned well.

Landscaping your own yard needs not only you but your whole family’s cooperation. Be prepared to spend several weeks to plan and implement every detail, to insure that every rock and every nook and cranny of your yard is used to enhance the appearance you desire.

Plan how you will attack the problem. The simplest solution to the problem is to divide the work into parts.

The first part in your landscape is your boundaries. Put up some fences or use a hedge or border something to set the perimeter. Be creative, it does not have to be a fence or hedge, use your imagination. It might consist of bushes with a wooden fence and gate. Consider other alternatives and combinations that you might use also.

After setting up the boundaries of your yard, look for areas where planting might be a problem. You might use these areas as play areas for your children or a place where you put other things such as trash cans and your pet’s house.

You need to find a space for trees, shrubs, etc. Planting a tree close to the children’s play area would provide needed shade for them while playing. Trees and shrubs may also be placed at the front of your house to provide some a pleasant view.

Next thing is planning your planting area. Perhaps a vegetable garden, for those who love harvesting their own food, would be a good idea. Ofcourse, this could simply be a flower garden where you could plant flowers that you like and enjoy.

You should not forget to create a walkway from your gate to your front door. This can be done by using pebbles, flagstone, etc., or you could simply cement it and put flowers either side. A driveway can also be enhanced by using flowers and/or shrubs.

It’s up to you to decide if you wish to add a lawn to your yard. There are other possibilities such as river rock, wood chips, etc. These are some ways to add aesthetic beauty to your yard, but not really necessities.

Plan also where you will get the water needed to water your plants regularly. This have to be close to your plants and you could use a hose or a sprinkler, whatever your preference might be.

Planning your landscaping is easy, but you must not forget to include in these plans some safety precautions for your child, some daily and regular maintenance to your plants and some place where you could add new stuff that you might like.

Click here to read more tips for DIY home landscaping

Updated: May 14, 2013 — 3:47 pm

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