Guide to Home Landscaping

This smart guide to home landscaping explains how to landscape a yard and design a garden in simple steps. Every new gardener wonders how to be their own landscape designer.

Garden Planning

Garden planning

All good things begin with a plan. In order to be happy with your home landscaping results, it’s best to map things out in advance. This chapter will help to create a master plan and develop an overall landscape design.

Remember to make a plan that includes the following:

* Lot Boundaries
* Underground Utilities
* Overhead Wires
* Slopes
* Downspouts
* Puddles
* Erosion
* Solar outdoor lighting
* Both undesirable and desirable views
* Existing trees and garden plantings

Soil Preparation and Site Planning

Learning to examine the soil can make the difference between starting out successfully or fighting a frustrating failure. Learn about soil improvements, drainage, how to create a terrace, provide irrigation and add attractive outdoor lighting.

Designing Walls and Fences

Home landscaping

Create privacy and separation in a garden by designing walls and fences that work for space. Add gates and trellises for beauty and function. Whether done by a professional or attempted alone, this informative chapter will keep mistakes to a minimum. Remember to consider pool fence design or a dog fence.

Trees and Shrubs

Planting trees and shrubs are often overlooked by new gardeners when home landscaping, but their long-term effects can have the most impact on a yard. Learn about pruning, how to choose the best trees and shrubs, planning for seasonal effect, adding hedges, purchasing tips, caring for new plants and the proper way to stake.

Lawn Care

Lawn care

Learn to plan or renovate a lawn, add a ground cover, and maintain an established lawn.  Take into consideration whether your lawn will be in a sunny or shady area as you will need to plan for this accordingly.  Shady areas are more difficult to keep a nice lawn so you might want to think about adding a gravel/decorative stone area with potted plants that love the shade.

All About Flowers

Add beauty to a yard with flowers, including a clipping garden that can benefit an indoor landscape as well. Add borders and beds, design with perennials, supplement with annuals, design with bulbs and care for flower gardens.

Special attention is given to:

* Adding borders and beds that are fragrant and colourful
* Gathering plants that will make an attractive border
* How to design a border with the proper height, colour and bloom
* Sample plans and perennial borders

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