Landscaping Ideas

Usually landscaping ideas include changing the natural environment in an area to make it look a certain way. Landscaping can include plans for a new cottage garden or more involved garden projects like landscaping with stone, garden path ideas, or planning for solar garden lights.

Planning your landscape design on paper before you start any work is a good idea. Even simple plans like planting trees to block a view, or installing hard-scapes around your house foundation, shed , pools, patios or decks should have thought put into it.

The consideration of an area as a whole, (the house and outdoor spacetogether) should reflect your lifestyle and personality, while meeting family members specific needs.

Planning walkways and more permanent stone structures can be intimidating if you DIY .

Landscaping ideas to improve your environment

Good landscaping design creates a wonderful outdoor environment that flows easily into the natural landscape.

There are a variety of landscaping projects , ranging from wanting to make an area of your yard look more attractive , make an area of your home a great place for backyard entertaining ,or to create an environmentally friendly space for wildlife and butterflies.

Solve water problems  - Using good landscaping techniques and practices can solve water and drainage problems by changing the grade of the yard and redirecting the flow of water. A rain garden is one of those landscaping ideas that can sometimes solve drainage problems by creating a drainage spot away from the house for the water to drain into; add native plants that will survive even under the conditions of both wet and dry.

Rain barrels also help with drainage problems.

Water in the basement or a soggy foundation ? Try a downspout diverter to direct the water away from the buildings. 

There are a variety of reasons to practice good landscaping design, ranging from wanting to make an area of your yard look more attractive , make an area of your home a great place for outdoor entertaining, or to put your home on the market for sale .

Add $$ value to your home

Curb Appeal Sells - You can add real monetary value to your home with updated front yard landscaping. Getting rid of and pulling out old shrubs, or cutting down dead trees in the front yard will do wonders for the home to appear more current.  People are staying home more and homes with great backyard landscaping that provides an outdoor kitchen, new swimming pool or open space to hold a bocce ball party  is often more desirable.

Use these front yard landscaping ideas to add instant value to your home and get a nice return on any landscaping investments .

Design it yourself

Landscape Design Help- Computer software on the market can help you to find the best home landscaping ideas and trends. You can choose to use home landscaping software for creating garden plans, and to help visualizing the end results. How-to  tutorials are out there to walk you thru each landscaping project if you want to tackle these yourself.  

Landscaping software programs can be a great help to figure out what will suit your home garden and yard the best, with programs you can create and design options of a few different layouts.

If you don’t want to invest in home landscaping software programs, you can try doing a search online for some helpful home landscaping information. I like the free version that Better Homes and Gardens offers. 

Keep a Garden Journal to record all of your ideas;add pictures from magazines, or your own garden pictures that inspire you. A journal helps keep track of all the ideas that you see over the course of time ,and when you're ready to actually start the planning phase, you can refer to your notes easily.  Garden Journal Sample here....

Zoning restrictions and utility lines

Utility Lines - Before you start your home landscaping ideas and projects,you will need to also need to find out where any gas lines and electrical lines may be running through your yard. Usually this is a call to your City Hall to get someone to come out and mark the yard with spray paint for the cable and other electrical wires.

Identifying these cables and lines is very important if you are planning to be doing a lot of digging.

You can’t afford to hit any of these lines, not only can it cost you a bundle to fix; it can also be very dangerous. Hitting an electrical line with a metal shovel can cause serious injury – but with pre-planning and marking the yard- you can safely complete your landscape projects.

Zoning Regulations-Before you get into the project too far, find out about zoning restrictions that could affect your home landscaping. Know and understand the regulations before you start your home landscaping work and you will save yourself a lot of time and money.

Hire a landscaping contractor

Hire a Professional - You might want to hire a professional to bring your landscaping ideas to life.

Before hiring a contractor or landscape company , read this article on How to Hire a Landscaper for tips on what questions to ask, read how to negotiate , and other insight for a successful relationship with your landscape contractor. 

 This article will outline a solid process to follow so that you find the best landscaper for the job. Look at the bottom of the page for a free interview checklist.

REMEMBER- Always get multiple bids and customer referrals before signing a contract with anyone.  

Check references even if the garden center gave you the contractor referrals. These are only business referrals and it is a good idea to go ahead and check the references from homeowners that have used them.

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