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6 tips for DIY landscaping at home

by emily

in Design & Trends

Having a garden on your home plot is a privilege. You could be stuck in an apartment block with a communal patch of grass that, in the landlord’s eyes, constitutes a garden. With a front or backyard, you have an opportunity to create an outdoor space that can be used to relax, entertain guests or be home to a variety of flowers.

If you are lucky enough to have a garden at home, don’t take it for granted and leave it bare. Follow our DIY landscaping tips and you can create a beautiful extension of your home.

Start with a vision

Before you physically do anything, you need to create a vision for what you want this space to be and how you want it to look.

Start with its purpose. Will you be using your garden as a flower display or do you also want to create a space where you can have guests over and entertain them outdoors on those lovely summer evenings? Knowing what you want to do with the space (which can very easily be a versatile space), will help you to see the bigger picture. That will motivate you to get started and see it through to the end of your DIY project.

There is so much you can do with your garden and landscaping is one way of making the most of the space you have.

Create a timeline

The next thing you need to do is create a timeline within which you’ll complete your landscaping efforts. Don’t be over ambitious and give yourself too little time because then you’ll lose motivation and start stressing over something that’s meant to be recreational.

This will also make it a more affordable venture by splitting the project up into manageable (and affordable) phases. Be realistic about your timeline – not too long and not too short – to ensure that you do the best job possible and enjoy every step of the process.

Clear the yard

Now the physical labour begins. Start by clearing the yard of any old plants, tree stumps, weeds, and rocks. Leave yourself with a clean canvas to bring your vision to life.

Before your clear absolutely everything, you need to consider the existing natural elements and if there’s any way you can creatively use them to achieve your garden goals. This would also be a good time to do a soil test for the plants you’ll want to introduce to your garden at a later stage. Especially if you’re considering growing your own herbs, fruits and vegetables in your garden.

Choose your plants

Your plants are an important part of your garden. They are going to encourage life buzzing through your bushes, tweeting in your trees and crawling around your soil.

You might have a DIY-thumb, but not everyone has a green thumb and that can make gardening a futile mission in the future. But, if you’re willing to learn and start out with the easy plants, then you need to consider these low-maintenance and year-round plants for your first garden:

And as for your vegetable garden, these are the easiest vegetables to grow:

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Bell peppers

Adding these plants to your garden will add a pop of colour and give you something to design around. There are so many different ways to plant plants and each allows you to be creative in the landscaping department. You can create sectioned off flower beds by using picket fences, raise your beds and have cladding on the bed walls, use raised planter boxes to layer your greenery around the garden or be creative with old household items and create a shoe, suitcase or watering can planters to position around the garden and along the fences.

Complement with hardscapes

But gardens aren’t only about shaping paths through the ground with stones and playing around with plants to create a pretty picture. You need to add a few hardscape elements to complement the landscape.

Wooden fences and water features are a great way to do this as it’s a natural material in a man-made design that can do so much for your garden space. You can bring in more wood and complementary concrete and glass hardscape elements through your outdoor furniture as well.

Don’t overcrowd your space

However you choose to landscape, and use hardscapes, in your garden, be sure not to overcrowd the space you have. It’s easy to be carried away with planting flowers and making paths through your garden to your furniture set, but not every space can accommodate all you’ve envisioned.

To make the most of your small garden space, layer your plants with vertical and raised planter boxes, use your wooden fence as a platform for planting and make sure there’s still a balanced ratio between grass and landscaped garden.

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