Landscaping Tips for Home Owners and Garden Lovers  


Making Your Yard Part of Your Home

Expand your home into your yard with creative landscaping. Your yard can be more than just empty space, it can become a central part of your home and landscaping can make that happen.

This doesn’t have to be a grueling or expensive venture on your part, just so you apply some of these landscaping tips.

First, determine what your yard is primarily used for. Is it a place for the kids to play, somewhere to hang the laundry out to dry, or do you see it as a place to ease away the tensions of the day?

The answers to these questions will help determine what kind of work needs to be done before you start landscaping.

Another useful tip - determine how your landscaping can help with energy costs. You may not know it but trees and shrubs can help you cut down on your heating and lighting expenses.

lawn landscaping including flower gardens and shrubsFor example – trees planted on the south and west can help with shading your house, which helps cut down on air conditioning. If these trees are the kind that shed their leaves (deciduous trees) during the fall, it will allow more light into the house during the winter when it’s most needed. Shrubs planted a few feet away from the foundation also help keep the warm air in and the cold out therefore helping with the heating bills.

Hardscape and softscape

Landscaping rock used for stone steps and walkwayHardscape refers to the “non-plant” parts of your garden (deck, patio, statues, fountains, steps, walls, etc.)

Softscape refers to the plants and the lawn.

If you’re just starting out, lay out the hardscape first before you work with the plants. This way, the plants aren’t in the way when you’re installing the necessary hardscape materials.

Walls have the option of being treated as hardscape or softscape. If you want total privacy, you may want to go with a hardscape wall using materials like wood, vinyl or masonry. Otherwise, shrubs and trees make for a more natural wall that give a more open look while still closing the view to other people.

Find a central focus for your yard

establishing a focal point with a landscaping treeThis can be anything from a statue, to the play set or even a single tree. Finding a focus for your landscaping gives you a point of reference so that you give your design a better sense of order rather than just having plants scattered everywhere.

These are just some tips to get you started. As you continue working on your landscaping, you’ll be able to come up with more ideas that are distinctively yours, making your home as unique as you are.


Tips on How to Landscape Your Backyard

Backyard landscaping is not just positioning plants in your backyard. Consider it as an art, a masterpiece that shows your creativity and personality. There are three elements in landscaping your backyard: structure, area and texture of your plants.

Structure refers to the form of the plant and the arrangement of the branches. Plants, such as trees, come in different shapes. This ranges from the hanging form of the white bark willow, to the stiff form of the Lombardy poplar trees.

The second element of backyard landscaping is the area. This refers to the visual flow and the arrangement of plants and trees in the backyard. The movement of the eyes is affected by different grouping of these elements.

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 Texture is also an important component of backyard landscaping.

The texture of the plant refers to appearance of the plant as it is perceived with the other plants surrounding it.

A good example is the texture of marigolds can be distinguished as rough or smooth when grouped with other plants.

Knowing that we have defined the elements of backyard landscaping, you can now begin putting this knowledge to use. Below are more tips on how you can landscape your backyard.


Make a list of the needed materials and tools to redesign your backyard. Most importantly, you need to list the plants that you wish to place in the area. Do not forget to include a list of plants that you can substitute in case your preferred plants are not obtainable.

Organize a schedule for the construction process and outline the process according to priority. Creating a schedule helps you estimate the time the landscaping process will consume. Most landscaping projects can be done in a week or two.

Selecting the Plants
flowers used in garden landscaping
Apply what we have learned about the elements of backyard landscaping. There are many kinds of plants that work well in a group. The pattern of the plants should create a 3D effect and should look good from all perspectives.

Remember to be creative. You can use themes on your backyard. These may involve a country, romantic or tropical theme or others.

Make it work… the Construction Process

Prepare the soil where you're going to place your selected plants. One method you can use is to create an elevated bed. You can pile soil or use rocks to do this. Creating an elevated bed also helps solve the problem of losing excess water when irrigating the plants.

Generally, the best period to plant foliage or trees is during the months of October and November.

Plants can develop sturdy roots during the winter season prior to development of other parts during the spring.

It can take about six months for a shrub to get established and a year for a tree to become established after planting.

Plant balled and burlapped trees while they are still dormant

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