It can be fun to dream about the yard you'd have if you knew how to landscape. Actually creating that yard is even more fun. Don't limit yourself to what you can afford to pay a professional landscaper to do. If you learn some simple techniques, you too can create the landscape you've always dreamed of.
You may want to include a vegetable garden in your landscaping plan. Plant marigolds along the edges of your garden to prevent pests from snacking on your young vegetable plants. Rabbits do not like the scent of marigolds and will look elsewhere for munchies. The marigolds bloom all summer and add a bright splash of color to your yard.
Landscape according to how much time you can commit. While an elaborate landscape might look good on paper, remember that it requires constant upkeep. When designing your garden think about your available time, your physical condition, and your budget. Only take on the responsibilities of a garden that you can easily cope with.
For best results, choose landscaping elements that are primarily native to your climate, soil type and annual rainfall. This will significantly reduce maintenance costs, improve appearance and promote longevity. It also ensures that your lawn and garden complement your home in its natural environment. This is ideal for those who enjoy attracting native wildlife like birds and butterflies.
There are many styles available when planning a landscaping project. For example, an English garden utilizes nature using ivies and flowering perennials. English cottage gardens create a peaceful look using roses, foxgloves, daisies and other native plants. Traditional estate gardens feature crisp lines and clean angles with larger plants and sculptures.
So what do you think after reading this article? Hopefully, you've discovered landscaping isn't nearly as difficult as you thought and that it's really a lot more fun. If you're eager to get started, that's great! Go out there and start creating the yard you want. When someone asks you how you did it, pass this article on, so that they can enjoy landscaping their own yard, too.