Prior to going out and purchasing what you need to do your landscaping, make a plan. By having an idea of what you should buy, and where it is going to go in your yard, you will avoid over purchasing supplies. In the long run, this will save you money, time and frustration.

One tip that all do it yourself landscapers should always remember is to have fun. Landscaping doesn’t have to be a chore, and it really shouldn’t be. Don’t make your design so complex that it will cause you to loath working on your yard. This can keep you from ever finishing your project.

If your lot is plagued with large, over-grown shrubs, the best course of action may be to remove them entirely. When left to grow wild, shrubs become unruly, and hard to manage. In most cases, no amount of trimming, and pruning will make them behave. Replace wild shrubs with new ones,devote the time to providing them with consistent care.

Plan out what time of the year you are going to buy your supplies in order to save money. For example, lumber does not cost as much in the winter as it does in the summer. You can also find better deals on trees, soil and perennials later in the season when not as many people are buying them.

Does your landscaping project include adding one or more trees to your yard? If so, it is important that you are able to determine if the tree is healthy or not before you purchase it. First of all, examine the young tree carefully. Make sure that the young sapling has no cankers or wounds and that it is free of dead wood. Also check out the root system of the tree. If the roots are balled up in burlap, make sure that the ball is nice and firm. If the tree is in a container, pull the tree as far out of the pot as possible. If the roots have a nice creamy, healthy looking color, this is the tree that you should buy.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the cost, or amount of work landscaping requires. Just take things one step at a time. For example, you can focus solely on landscaping your front yard, or make a small portion of your garden picture perfect. Putting together your landscaping project piece by piece, will make it easier for you to get exactly what you want.

If you have something that is unsightly on your property, remember that landscaping can be a great way to hide it. You can hide your garbage cans with tall hedges, or a telephone pole with a large tree. Take any eyesores into consideration when you are planning out your landscaping project, then work to plant things that make those areas more attractive.

There are several things to consider when incorporating trees into the landscape design. One of the first things to consider is the size of the tree once full grown. The tree should be placed far enough away from any structures to allow for ample ventilation of the tree as well as proper room for the roots to expand without affecting the foundation of the house.

Make a plan. While it is good to vary your plants and their spacing, planting at random will result in an uneven garden at best, and at worst, a dead garden. A single yard can have many different micro-climates. You might have an area near a fence that is shady all day long, and another that is always in the sun. Take this into account as you plan your garden, making plant selections based on both appearance and sunlight requirements.

Lose the tape measure. Unless you are planting a vegetable garden where you need to have to order, stay away from measured spacing. A row of plants equally spaced in a row looks neat and orderly – and completely unnatural. For a flowing and natural look to your landscape, vary the spacing and types of plants you choose.

Do not place plants in your garden just because they are your favorite kind. It is in your best interest to grow plants according to what complements your home and yard area. Growing something that clashes will only cost money and make your house look mismatched instead of more beautiful.

Before you buy anything, take the time to draw a detailed sketch of your garden. You should know exactly where things go in addition to which order you will proceed to create your landscape. Give yourself a few weeks to review your sketches and make a few changes, if you need to.

Your landscape design is not just about plants, but about the accessories and decorations that you utilize as well. Everything from pavers to furniture will all make a big impact on the success of your landscaping. Try to look at your area as a whole before you begin so that you do not regret making the wrong choices.

One of the keys to successful landscape design is to be completely honest with yourself about the time you are willing and able to dedicate to maintenance and plant care. If you design a space that requires labor-intensive plants and other materials, but have little time in which to tend them, you will ultimately end up disappointed.

You should now feel a lot more confident in changing your home’s landscape and drawing in people to appreciate the beauty of your home. Every home has the potential to look more beautiful than it currently is. So take some time to landscape your home and see how much it can improve for the whole family.

Ethan Lasanta owns a shop which often carries landscape gardening manchester