DIY Garden Landscaping Ideas
Whether you dream about a small garden bed or a whole landscape transformation, you need to figure out what you can conquer yourself and what you need help with. Here's how to evaluate the possibilities and challenges of do-it-yourself landscaping.
Analyze Your Skill Set
If your thumb is more brown than green, or if you think the color wheel is a painted round thing for bicycles, it may be overly ambitious for you to jump into do-it-yourself landscaping. So do some research and start with a few good basics, as well as small containers, for an introduction on how to grow different types of plants in different situations and how to take a more measured and deliberate approach.
If you're fairly experienced with soil types and plants and have the time, then do-it-yourself landscaping may be just for you. Even so, an overall plan is a must so you can create a cohesive look to your do-it-yourself approach.
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Figure Out Your Style
Depending on the current condition of your yard and your desired end result, your gardening style may determine how much or how little you're able to accomplish with do-it-yourself landscaping. "A landscape is really a direct expression of a homeowner's tastes and attitudes, and it also can be a place that provides a thoughtful and deliberate spot for activities they wish to do, " says Michael Miller, president of Walden Backyards.
For example, some people may be content with small tweaks to what they already have - a few beds and borders surrounding a lawn, for example. Those simpler landscapes which focus on maximizing existing elements lend themselves easily to do-it-yourself landscaping. But more formal arrangements - lots of shrubs, complicated beds, plenty of hardscaping - may require the muscle and expertise of professionals.