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So, you’ve moved out of your parent’s house, college dorm, and/or apartment building and you finally have an outdoor space to call your own! You probably can’t wait to spend warm summer nights relaxing on your patio or playing catch on the lawn.
But if you’ve inherited a “wild” garden and aren’t very green-fingered, you’ll need some landscaping tips!
Luckily, with just a little bit of knowledge and regular upkeep, you can create a beautiful, well-landscaped front or back yard.
Here are five key landscaping tips to set you on the right path!
1. Section off Your Outdoor Space
If you don’t know how to landscape or where to begin revamping your yard, start small. And start in sections!
It doesn’t matter how much outdoor space you have. You might have a lawn, a patio, some flower beds, trees, and maybe some potted plants. You could even give your fence and outdoor furniture it’s own section.
Either start with the easiest section or the section that needs the most work. Then, you’ll feel more motivated to continue with landscaping the rest!
2. Keep Things Simple and Low Maintenance
Landscaping takes a lot of hard work. But if your landscaping ideas are bold and high maintenance, your garden’s upkeep will be even harder.
Are you out of town during the summer or simply don’t like mowing your lawn? Replace your grass with a patio or find alternatives to real grass.
Do you have too many trees or shrubs that need pruning? Put mulch around your shrubs, take them out and extend your lawn, or fill in the areas with pebbles.
And if you have a huge lawn and live in a warm climate, get a water sprinkler. And if you have a vegetable patch, you could try a drip irrigation system.
To keep things really simple, hire a professional landscaper to take care of all the hard work for you. Even if you’re on a budget, you can hire a cost-effective company like Budget Lightscapes, for example.
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3. Be Environmentally Conscious
Need some landscaping design tips because you’re not sure what you want to do with your garden? Try and cultivate an outdoor space that is good for the planet.
Bees love lavender (bonus: it smells great too!), mint, sunflowers, wisteria, lilacs, and honeysuckle. If you’re not the biggest fan of bees, plant these flowers away from doorways and seating areas.
You could also hang bird feeders from your trees. And speaking of trees, you could plant your own fruit trees, herbs, or even a small vegetable patch.
Use landscaping as an opportunity to grow produce and reduce your carbon emissions.
4. Get Creative and Add Curb Appeal
If you learn anything from these landscaping tips, let it be that landscaping is supposed to be fun! Don’t be afraid to show your personality in your yard.
You could paint your fence a bright color, plant flowers in every color of the rainbow, and plant trees for more shade.
Whereas your neighbors might play it safe when it comes to their landscape design, you’ll have the garden everyone who walks by wishes they had.
5. Look Out for Potential Issues
This might be the most important out of all these landscaping strategies. Even if you’re not very knowledgeable about landscaping, knowing the potential pitfalls is crucial.
Trees that grow near your house or patio might be a problem for two reasons. Their branches might hang over your roof and their roots might damage your deck.
Also, be conscious that they don’t overhang onto your neighbor’s property.
You should also look for signs of dying or dead plants. The signs will completely depend on what plants you have, so do your research.
And finally, pests! Again, this depends on what part of the world you live in but caterpillars, slugs, and vermin might be a problem in your area.
Use These Landscaping Tips to Revamp Your Yard!
With these simple landscaping tips, you’ll be able to cultivate and maintain a beautiful outdoor space to be proud of.
With just a little bit of hard work and some regular upkeep, your gardens will be the envy of your neighborhood.
Check out our other home improvement articles for more advice and tips!