10 Things You Must Know About Landscaping

Planning your landscape will help ensure a thriving yard and lasting curb appeal.
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Tip 1: Install a Strong Edging

It's very important to have barriers between your lawn and your garden. You want to have a strong edging that can be of any material (and price) from cheap plastic all the way up to steel or stone.

Tip 2: Install a Simple Irrigation System

A big mistake people make is not watering enough. Get a simple drip-irrigation system that can be attached to a spigot with a timer. Simply set the timer and it gives the plants all the water they need.

Tip 3: Add Some Mulch

Mulch is primarily used to help maintain the soil, but it's also decorative. The darker the mulch, the more the color of the plants will stand out.

Tip 4: You Need Good Soil

If the roots of a plant can't penetrate the soil, then it simply won't grow. If your soil is really poor quality, you may need to remove it and bring in new soil.

Tip 5: Keep Things in Groups

Try to group things in threes or fives as a general rule. This way, from a distance it will always look full. It's a good idea to get a variety of colors that will bloom at different times of the year.

Tip 6: Keep Your Yard Colorful

Look around your yard and see what's thriving and you'll have a good idea of what to plant. Don't get flowers that bloom only during one season. Get a variety of colors that bloom at different times of the year.

Tip 7: Make Sure There is Drainage

Use soil to build up low areas of the garden so water doesn't pool in one spot. This is especially true if you have dense clay soil because it allows very little drainage.

Tip 8: Consider the Amount of Sunlight

When choosing plant material, it's very important to take into consideration how much sunlight the plants will receive. Too little light and they won't thrive, too much light they may burn.

Tip 9: Know Your Maintenance Level

Decide how much you can devote to maintenance. Ask yourself if you're willing to upkeep a pool, wood deck or big vegtable garden. Ask a professional about the pros and cons of each project before you decide.

Tip 10: Know Your Landscape Budget

The planning stage is the most important, and the actual planting part should be the very last step. Landscaping can be a big investment. Research before you buy to determine what fits your budget.