Gardening From the Ground Up: Tips for Landscaping Your Yard

Gardening From the Ground Up: Tips for Landscaping Your Yard
  • Opening Intro -

    Landscaping a lawn and yard can be fun and in the end, pretty gratifying.

    The results of planting flowers, laying sod, and designing pathways and flowerbeds is a home you can be proud of.

    It may seem overwhelming at first, but getting started one step at a time will help the task seem more manageable.


Once you see how easy it is, you’ll want to keep up the good work.

  • Soil Surprises

    Some areas of the country have rich, dark soil that seems to grow everything. Others have hard clay that seems like cement. This second kind needs to be mixed with "good" dirt from a nursery, and it would be wise to add in an organic fertilizer. Places like Nature Safe offer natural and green composts you can use to break up hard soil and give your yard a good start. Most garden stores have this kind of dirt in bags, and some deliver a pile of it; it depends on how big your garden or border will be.

  • Seeds and Plants

    You’ll get results faster if you plant seeds in little grow-cups from a nursery in March so they’re ready to plant in the ground after the frost has lifted. Plants are ready to go in the ground when the weather permits, and it works better to do this with vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers. Herbs can be grown from seed or put into the ground as small plants.

  • Flower Bed Fun

    Annuals are colorful and need usually need lots of sun. Perennials come back every year and eliminate the need for replanting. Many shade plants and bushes are perennials and can be awesome for creating borders and taking up swaths of space.

    If you want to put a border along a driveway or by the house, dig up the grass and turn the dirt over a bit before planting. Dirt should be fairly loose and crumbly for planting. If your soil is like cement, don’t plant until good dirt is added, meaning a good two inches of it all over the surface of the bed.

  • Designing Ideas

    Walkways look great when lined with flowers or small shrubbery. If flowers are planted in a garden, put tall plants in back so shorter ones can be seen. Marigolds are bright orange and yellow, easy to grow, and repel small animals and insects. Many vegetable gardens are surrounded with a Marigold border for this reason. They’re not very tall, and are great contrast to blue and purple flowers.

    It’s tough to grow prolific roses, so they could be added in future garden projects. Starting out in a new garden, zinnias and celosia may be good bets. Both are bright and colorful and add height to any small flowerbed.

All you can do now is wait for plants to grow and water them as needed. Adding mulch may help retain water more effectively. Don’t forget to weed, and do enjoy your lawn’s new look.

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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan