Is your yard in need of a quick overhaul, but you’re worried about how much all the landscaping work you will have to do to whip it into shape? The good news is, landscaping doesn’t have to be hard, complicated, or expensive because there are a lot of things you can do yourself. All it takes is a couple of free weekends and the right tools.
- Use DIY Landscape Design Apps
The apps market for budding landscape designers has grown up in recent years, and many of the apps are free to use. Take a photo of the area you need to landscape, and then use the software to create a design overlay that will bring your vision to life. You will be able to design your landscape to perfection before you even think about getting the garden tools out.
- Add Contrasting Elements
Contrasting elements will make your yard more aesthetically pleasing. Most homes have straight driveways, right angles, and well-defined lines. You can break this up by adding some curvy elements, such as a curved flowerbed, for example.
- Plant Arrangement
Large plants should go towards the back, with smaller plants towards the front of the garden. This arrangement looks attractive and sensible, but also helps to make maintenance and weed control a lot easier.
Any large empty areas close to the house will benefit from large shrubs. You could also go with a trellis against the wall, or a small tree.
Always know the size of a full-grown plant before you put it in your design, as this will save you a lot of work later if you want to minimize how often you have to prune them back.
- Scan Your Neighborhood for Plants
A degree in horticulture would be handy for choosing the right plants in your area, but it’s not necessary. Go for a walk down your street and see what plants are already doing well in your area.
- Use the Right Tools
Landscaping can be back-breaking work if you don’t use the right tools. Lawnsaver is one product that you will appreciate when you are digging out your garden beds. It lays down flat and collects every grain of soil.
Once you are done digging, you can then slide the soil back into the garden bed by using the conveniently placed handles. The Lawnsaver will save you your back because you aren’t bending nearly as far as you would when transferring soil to a wheelbarrow. It’s also much easier to use in confined spaces than a yard cart or wheelbarrow.