Tackling Your First Landscaping Project – Tips and Tricks for Success

One of the most effective ways to add curb appeal to your home is to invest in landscaping, giving your house that unique and beautiful pop.

Not only is it beautiful in terms of curb appeal, but it can also be more welcoming to you as the homeowner and really encourage you to get outside and enjoy your yard.

When done correctly, it can also add privacy to an otherwise very open area. This is especially true in subdivisions with closely-packed together houses.

So what if this is your first landscaping project and you want to ensure it is a big success? These tips and tricks are specifically meant for first-time DIY landscapers such as yourself so that you can breeze through the project with ease.

Give Your Lawn the Care it Deserves

A great place to start isn’t with creating a new garden or planting trees it’s actually taking a closer look at your lawn and assessing its health.

Let’s face it, a healthy lush green lawn will do wonders for curb appeal and acts as the canvas for all other additions. 

Some of the things you may want to look for are whether it is properly hydrated (too little or too much isn’t ideal), if there are any signs of pest/bug infestation, cutting it too short and potentially stressing it out, and the soil condition.

For example, did you know that checking the consistency and health of your soil can go a long way in helping to improve the health of your lawn?

Map Out a Landscape Design

Now it’s time to map out your landscape design. The last thing you want to do is just go in there without a plan and randomly start placing trees, bushes, flowerbeds, and so forth.

You need to mindful of the space you have available, how you plan to use the yard( if you are using landscaping as privacy), and the overall flow.

It can be helpful to check out sample designs online and just by driving or walking through your own neighborhood. This can help to spark inspiration and ideas you can use on your own plan.

Don’t Over-Pack Gardens

Another tip is to make sure you don’t go overboard in the number of items you plant. When you first buy a new bush, shrub, or flowers they will be small. Placing a few items in your garden may look bare and not have much of an impact.

What you need to keep in mind is that these things will grow, spread out, and grow taller. If you aren’t careful you can end up over-crowding your garden which can put stress on everything you’ve just planted.

Choose the Items that Work for Your Sun/Shade Conditions

Finally, you want to be sure you are choosing plants that work for your specific sun/shade conditions. For example, if you plant a bush in full sun that can only tolerate part-sun, it’s not going to do well and may end up dying.

By following these tips you’ll be able to tackle your first landscaping project with ease.