10 DIY Landscaping Tips for Your Outdoor Space

What is the best method to beautify my yard? This is a difficult question to answer. Do-it-yourself landscapes are a complex process. They are affected by many factors, including budget, skill, climate, personal taste, and how the yard will be used.


01

Year-Round Interest
The foliage of King’s gold (image) is golden. Gold Mops is a taller variety.

This is a great tip to beautify your yard. Make sure that you have something interesting for each season. A well-researched plan for plant selection is the first step in a do-it-yourself landscape design that will provide interest throughout all four seasons. It is important to have trees or shrubs that bloom in spring and summer. The fall foliage should be present in the autumn and winter. This article describes the steps to take in order to achieve this goal.

02

Plant Your Flower Beds Layered
High Angle View of Multi-Colored Flowerbed in Back Yard

Your flower border should be layered in three rows. The tallest plants are placed at the back, the second tallest is located in the middle, and the shortest plants are placed on the front. Repetition is a great way to create unity in your garden, whether it’s in the planting bed or elsewhere.

03

Create Continuity
Wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, syn. E. robbiae with November frost

Don’t forget to include evergreens, shrubs, and other plants that are valued as much for their foliage and flowers as they are for their foliage. Deciduous plants will add more color and variety while evergreens can provide continuity.

04

Annuals Supplement Perennial Color
Mixed cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus)

They are great for planting beds but only bloom for a limited time. Perennials may bloom in your planting bed in May and then disappear until July. Annuals can be incorporated into your DIY landscaping plan to “fill in the gaps” and give you continuous color throughout the yard. Use picture galleries to get ideas for color schemes.


05

Hardscapes are a great way to add value to your home.
Modern house exterior

Do not limit your DIY landscaping to just plants. Include hardscape features, too. They provide structure and more in the winter. As they frame your home, walls and fences are essential for design. You may notice that fences make properties look more “finished”. Arbors and decks are also important hardscape elements. Decks and patios are great transitions between indoors and outdoors.

06

Installing Water Features is Easier than You Think
Water fountain

Focus points are the foundation of good landscape design. Water features are a popular focal point. Water features not only look good but also emit soothing sounds. This trend is backed by “sound” reasoning. They’re easier to install with pre-formed rigid tubing, pumps that are durable, flexible tubing and inexpensive fountains. After you have experimented with ponds you might decide to move on to the next step: simple waterfalls.

07

Use Form and Texture
Curved Pathway In Formal Garden

Don’t just focus on the flowers. Also, don’t overlook the plant’s foliage and branching pattern. Landscape design can be spiced up with a variety of textures and forms. Conifers are evergreens, and while they lack flowers, their foliage is a variety of textures and forms. You’ll find many DIY landscaping ideas to improve the look of your yard.

08

Easy Yard Maintenance: Make Life Easier
Professional Landscaping

Even if you follow all of the DIY landscaping tips above, your yard may still be unsatisfactory. You must not only give your yard an attractive appearance but also plan for its upkeep. You will resent your garden if you have to do too much maintenance, no matter how beautiful it is. Plan your design to be low-maintenance unless you’re willing to spend hours every weekend doing upkeep.


09

Use drought-resistant plants
Close-up Of Cactus Growing in Back Yard

In spring, many novices in DIY landscaping have high expectations. But in the summer they are dashed. Why? The summer heat will wilt all the spring promise out of their plants. What’s the solution? Instead, choose drought-tolerant plants.

10

Types of Flowers
Garden path

In DIY landscaping, it’s important to match the type of flower you want to grow with the area where it will be grown. Before choosing the type of flower to purchase for your yard, you should consider light and soil requirements.


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