Landscaping your house doesn’t need to be a considerable expense. If you give out the project to professionals, they will charge you for their valuable time and expertise.
However, if you don’t have the budget for that, don’t worry. We’re here with the handy dandy step-by-step guide to landscaping that will cover the most essential parts of the job. Let’s check it out now!
Plan Everything to the Last Detail (and more!)
Since you have complete control over this project, your first course of action would be to plan out everything. Next, survey your land and measure the space.
Then, put your ideas down on a page to ensure your vision stays the same throughout the course of the landscaping project.
Making a landscape garden will need a lot of specialized equipment. So first, search your local hardware store for the essential tools you’ll need.
Next, head to a gardening shop and pick up the tools and materials you didn’t find.
Next, you have to gather the materials that will turn your ideas on the page into reality. Go to a gardening shop and place the order for everything you will need.
If you plan to have a shed or shaded area, remember that you’ll have to paint it as well.
Outdoor painting can be tricky as painting in different weather conditions requires various precautions. So do your research before starting the project.
Schedule it Out
It is unlikely that you’ll finish everything you need to do in one day. If you and your workers have work on the weekdays, you’ll have to schedule out your project in installments.
Having a schedule also helps you save time, as having a guide or checklist helps in keeping everything on track. It’s easy to get sidetracked or confused when you have so much to do.
You’ll need people to help you throughout this project. Landscaping your garden can be a huge project depending on the area you have access to.
Ask your friends or even your local gardening community for help. Anyone who’s grown up in the country will have ample experience with this and might be able to guide you with tips and tricks too!
Build Your Base
Now it comes time to do some actual work! Your first step would be to build the base of your garden.
This means preparing the land with tilling, adding fertilizers, and other amendments to give you a healthy base.
If you’re using chemicals, remember to spray away from the direction of the house. Pesticides and fertilizers can be dangerous if inhaled or ingested.
Put in Installations
Next, you should put in any installations you have planned for. This includes fire pits, water features, birdbaths, or anything else.
If you have a dog, you could consider installing a birdbath closer to the ground if you want them to have access to it.
You should put in the installations first to give the grass time to cover the part that touches the ground to hide any unsightly installation mistakes.
Put in Your Plants
Next, put in any live plants that you have bought. This might look easy, but it takes a surprising amount of effort to do.
You have to transplant any live plants one by one. If you take them out of their original pot and leave them out too long, the roots can dry up, and the plants will die. Take your time, but do the work precisely and with focus.
Place Your Furniture
Finally, lay down the heaviest part of your landscaped garden – the furniture! Most landscaped gardens include benches and hidden seating areas that blend into the background.
If you have any such ‘secret’ benches, make sure you put them in before your plants go.
This gives your greenery a chance to grow on and around the furniture, giving it a more natural look.
Final Note – You Have to Take Care of Your Garden!
Now that your landscaped garden is done, it’s time to open a few beers and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. However, a garden is never done.
It needs constant care and maintenance to keep looking its best. To make it easy for yourself, make a maintenance schedule for your garden.
It should include pulling out weeds, trimming plants, training them to different shapes if you like, fertilizing, and replanting.
It’s a good idea to break this up into small jobs. Ask your family to help out and assign different tasks to family members weekly as part of their chores. This will keep your garden looking beautiful all year round!