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Need Landscaping Advice? These Tips Can Help!

Feb 18
 
 
Landscaping is a great way to improve the look of any area. Believe it or not, landscaping can be a relatively simple process. Not every landscaping job requires the need to hire professionals that will cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few easy tips to help you get started.
 
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You do not have to hire a professional to design your landscape for you, but it might be worth your time and money to quickly meet with an architect. You will get a better idea of how much your project will cost and perhaps avoid mistakes that would end up costing you money.
 
Test your soil before beginning your landscaping project. Soil testing will identify any shortcomings or contaminants in your soil, and you can either address these issues or alter your plant selections before you start working. This will help you to have happier plants and a more successful garden.
 
While you may be tempted to let ivy grow all over your house, do not let that happen unless you are ready to put a lot of effort into properly maintaining and caring for it. Ivy attracts a lot of bugs, including termites and that may end of greatly costing you in the end.
 
Wildflowers are worth your consideration if you are looking for a cheap and simple way to introduce some vibrant colors to your landscaping project. The sort of ordinary wildflower seeds available at the local home improvement outlet can be effectively used to cover areas with difficult soil conditions or large open spaces. In the end, you will have lovely flowers in different colors and types. They are great for bouquets.
 
If you live in a part of the country that is at risk for wildfires, choose landscaping projects accordingly. For example, trees should be planted at least 100 feet apart. Additionally, large trees should not be planted less than 100 feet from your house or other building structure (garden, shed, workshop, etc.).
 
Learn which landscaping products should be top quality, and which one are the same whether they are generic or name brand. Items such as common perennials, mulch and containers are no different no matter how much they cost. Be careful when choosing your plants though. If a plant is particularly inexpensive, the seller may not have taken care of it properly.
 
Learn how to properly layer your beds. You should have a first row with your tallest plants and keep your shortest plants for your last row. The tallest plants should be facing North to protect the smaller ones from cold winds. Make sure all your beds are organized in the same fashion.
 
Always use the proper tools when doing any landscape project. If you have a stump that needs to be removed, rent a backhoe and remove it properly, do not try to do it with a truck. If you have a lot of material that needs to be moved, use wheelbarrows to reduce strain. Use the right tools for the job, and you will save yourself some grief.
 
Start any landscaping with a plan of action. With landscaping projects, it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed with material and decorative needs. Take the time to plan it all out before the start, and build a list of every item that will be required, no matter how small the item. This way, you can save yourself lots of one-at-a-time trips to your local garden store.
 
Choose locations carefully before you start building. Plants needs to be placed in particular areas of your garden to grow and mature. Considerations on how much wind, light and weather exposure your plants get will depend on where in the yard they are.
 
Check the quality of your soil before planting your flower bed. Dig a hole and fill it with water to see how quickly it drains. Do a pH test. If necessary, do some soil amendment to achieve ideal drainage and good moisture to oxygen ratio. Give your plants the best possible chance to thrive by preparing the soil properly.
 
If you are thinking of renovating your landscaping, try to utilize low-maintenance plants, and structures in your plan. This will reduce the amount of time you are maintaining your landscaping, and maximize the amount of time you can enjoy it. If you do not choose this type of landscaping, you will be upset when you are sweating in the summer maintaining your landscaping.
 
Upkeep to your landscaping is just as important as when you do all the landscaping in the first place. You must have time to take care of your landscaping. Whether you want to do this yourself or hire, someone is up to you, but it must be done regardless in order to maintain a beautiful landscape.
 
So now you know that landscaping can be a snap. As stated before, you don't have to call in the professionals to do all of your landscaping. You can do many of your own landscaping projects by yourself or with the help of your family. Use the tips from this article to give you some great ideas.
 
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