If you've just bought a home, you are probably eager to get started doing some landscaping. And while it's natural to want to put your own spin on your front and back yard, jumping into the process right away can be detrimental. Landscaping is as much an art as it is a science, and should be approached in a careful, methodical way, as even the smallest oversight can have unforeseen consequences. So if you're a beginner landscaper and want some tips on how to be successful, keep reading below for a handful of the best.
Choose a Centerpiece
Even the barest of backyards sometimes have a centerpiece -- a big tree, for example, or an exotic plant left behind by the old homeowners. Whatever it might be, use this as inspiration on which to build. Ideally, you'll start small by using the tree or plant as a focal point and slowly planting outwards from it. In this way, you can see how everything works together and make smart decisions about what will come next.
Pay Attention to the Weather
Nothing will affect your landscaping more than the weather. So for several days (or even weeks) before you purchase your first plants, study the weather patterns as they apply to your yard. If you notice a corner of the lawn, for example, that doesn't receive as much sunlight as the rest of the space, then of course you'll want to avoid putting plants or shrubs there that need a great deal of light to survive. Or if a certain part of the yard becomes flooded during the rainy season, then work on leveling it out so that water is distributed evenly.
Don't Forget About the Animals
Unless you're aiming for a completely formal, symmetrical garden in the English style, then you'll want your garden to have a natural, unplanned look. One way to accomplish this is to plant lots of brightly colored flowers. In addition to livening up your garden, they will attract lots of bees that are necessary for pollination. Plants with small berries will also attract birds that may carry other, completely different seeds into your yard. If the seeds manage to sprout, you can decide if you want to get rid of them or incorporate them as a reminder of spontaneous growth. Animals can be as much a part of a garden as plants, and not always in a negative way.
For assistance, talk to a landscaper.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!