Landscaping is a fun and creative idea if you want a DIY project. It takes time and patience and a lot of hard work, but it will all be worth it. If you want to make your garden the dream garden you have always wanted, we have a few important tips. DIY landscaping can go wrong if you don’t approach it the right way and if you don’t plan. Follow our tips and get started on your DIY landscaping project.
1. Do some research
Before you start, read up on gardening, tools, plants, North Carolina weather and indigenous plants, and landscaping ideas. This will prepare you for what will be necessary and what types of equipment you will need. It will also help the planning of your garden and give you ideas of what you can do. The opportunity is endless. The best way to save yourself time and money is to be prepared and know what you want from the beginning.
2. Prepare for all seasons
You don’t want your beautiful garden to be brown and dead for 6 months of the year. When you plan your garden, include plants and flowers for all seasons. Plant them in patterns or between each other to ensure that there will be color and beauty in your garden no matter the season. Your local nursery should be able to give you good tips on what to plant when. You can also have a look at our other tip articles.
3. Make rows
When planting trees, shrubs and flowers, make rows or layer them. Start with the ones that will grow tall at the back, the second tallest in the middles, and the short flowers and bulbs in the front. This gives a nice three-dimensional look to the garden and also has practical value. When it comes to trimming and pruning, you don’t want to struggle to get to your plants.
4. Include some evergreens
Evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs are great to keep your garden green all year long. Together with your seasonal plants and flowers, these trees will make sure you have some green and color in your garden even in winter.
5. Add some non-plant features
Part of good landscaping is structure and aesthetics. One of the best ways to create structure is through edging and the other is through features like walls, paths, fountains, gravel areas, etc. These things can make statements, allow for walks through a beautiful garden, add personality, and keep the structure throughout the year even when there are few plants blooming. There are many options for these types of features and you can use them to transition into the home area or patio.
Landscaping offers endless opportunities. You can redo your garden every year and not get bored. There are so many flowers, plants and features to choose from and you can change things quite easily. We hope you enjoy your DIY landscaping project. May it be as beautiful and as fun as you imagine.