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Landscaping 101: Dos and Don’ts

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Improving the appearance and beauty of your lawn takes some skill and work, as landscaping is not easy. It is easier to hire a landscaper, but you have to meet a lot of professionals and discuss things with them. Choosing the right landscaper is a long process. If you feel like you can handle the work, research on the best tips to help you do a good landscaping job.


Start with a schematic first of the kind of garden you want, it will shorten time. Once you select the materials you require for an amazing lawn, you can purchase them. You don’t have to waste time trying to figure things out in the middle with half a job completed.

Think of a long-term plan for your garden, such as the plant life and how large and fast trees mature. Larger plants can strangle the smaller ones by usurping resources such as sunlight and water.

Budget your money, spend on plants that are beneficial to your garden and don’t cause you problems.  Think of low-maintenance if you have time-constraints, you don’t want to spend long hours daily on your garden.

Approach landscaping in stages, start by improving the soil, adding necessary technology like sprinklers or an irrigation system.  Creating a good drainage system and anchoring the soil with specially selected plants is the next stage before you can add your favorite selected plants.

Use plants native to the area as they will flourish in the habitat. Exotic plants grow favorably only under special care, so avoid them and instead create a regional landscape design.

Define a focal point in your yard; choose an element that attracts the eye’s attention such as a fountain or lawn ornament.  Installing a small pond to tie with your leafy theme is a good idea.


Don’t put in a lawn without understanding the care it requires. Grass needs large amounts of water and chemical fertilizers, and unless maintained properly, ends up looking spotty and unattractive. Try understated flooring to show off a lovely selection of plants, or a neutral, less resource-drowning material will suit your garden.

Don’t include plants in your garden that you like for their looks or breeds are exotic. Choose plants that you know how to take care of and complement the theme of your garden. Hydrangeas may be your favorite, but moist soil, compost, plenty of water and special treatment help them to thrive.

Don’t mix plants that may have difficulty in co-habiting, certain plants have to be watered regularly while others cannot stand too much. If both these species of plants are planted in the same plot, one will definitely suffer.

Don’t overdo the plants, flowers and decorations in your landscape – too much greenery and colors appear cluttered and too showy, as if you hadn’t put any thought into making a beautiful landscape. Any overgrown shrubs and trees should be pulled out before they cause a nuisance by hindering attempts to tend to the garden, crowding the house, provoking home maintenance problems and other issues.

About the Author: Mark is a content writer. He works with outdoor dining tables.

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