DIY Landscaping Made Easy

DIY Landscaping Made Easy
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    A well landscaped yard can enhance your home and make the backyard a fun place to be again.

    Planning is essential to a successful and practical landscape project.

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The first thing you need to note is the kind of soil you have, the hardiness zone you live in, and the amount of light or shade you get in the areas you want to develop. Every plant has its own needs to thrive, such as well-drained soil, or part sun. Once you understand your environment, follow these simple tips to easily enhance your yard.

Flower Gardens

Pick plants that add color and texture to your landscape and review the plant tag information to ensure you have the right plant for your environment. If you’re not sure what colors to choose, find similar hues like blues and purples or oranges and yellows, these colors will complement each other and bring a bit more life to a boring flowerbed. Make sure to find plants that bloom at different times to keep some color in your flower garden all season long. Plant taller plants behind smaller ones for great visual effect, and add fragrant blooming plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Water Features

A water feature is a simple element that can add sound to your garden, like a babbling brook to calm the nerves. To build your own you need a reservoir to hold the water, a pump to circulate it, and a feature like stones for the water to cascade down. Take a plastic planter and drill a hole in the bottom for the pump cord, insert a pump and use a silicone sealant to seal up the hole. Drill holes in several flat rocks and run a tube or pipe up its center. Make sure you have a power source nearby to plug it in, and add water lilies for a splash of color. You can even use this water to irrigate your garden, preventing water waste.

Stone Paths

Stone paths or brick walkways bring people into different areas of the garden and keep them out of the flowerbeds. Lay string on the ground to outline the path and measure out where the stones will go to keep one under each footstep. Flagstones offer great texture and varying shapes. Use a half-moon edger and a shovel to remove about three to four inches of topsoil. Use stone dust mixed with water to give the flagstones a stable base. A gravel path is another easy and economical option. You might need machinery access or need to rent used caterpillar equipment to haul the gravel into your yard, but once you have a basic outline the path is easy. They stand up to cold weather, can curve, and crunching gravel underfoot adds another sound to your garden.

A well-manicured yard isn’t hard to achieve. All you need is some basic tools and a little imagination. Your yard and garden can be a peaceful, fun spot to be year round when you use the surroundings to your advantage.

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