Landscaping Basics for Starting up a Yard from Scratch

On May 2, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Whether you have built your own home or invested in a property that will need the landscaping rebuilt from scratch, a blank slate can be a challenge. Proper planning is necessary to make the most of your budget and space. This can be an optimal time to use your creativity and resources and make your landscaping project fun and less-time consuming. Use these tricks to help you as you get started.

Landscaping Basics for Starting up a Yard from Scratch

Planning for Success

The first thing you should do when starting your own landscaping plan is draw out your space. Using graph paper, draw out the outline of your outdoor space using each graph square as a square foot. Making a copy of this first outline will ensure you have several opportunities to change and add to your original plan. This type of planning can also be done online if you feel comfortable using these types of apps. Use this sketch to figure out how you want flowerbeds placed, where sprinkler systems should be, and the best areas for tall trees or fencing.

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After drawing out your basic plans, add in bushes or trees. This is also a good time to plan where you might place a path or driveway or a deck area under the porch. A visual representation of the ideas you have in mind are a great way to decide if you have the space to do what you want. If you do plan to have any hardscape options, these should be done before any planting happens. A visit to your local or online Central Farm and Garden store will provide you with many choices for both landscape and hardscape supplies. Local nurseries will have the best choices for trees and shrubs that will survive and thrive in your climatLandscaping Basics for Starting up a Yard from Scratch 3

Bringing Your Plans to Life

Before beginning to plant, be sure to check for underground utility lines. When you are sure it is clear, use your drawings to start trenching the edge of your planting area to outline the perimeter. After researching the suggested planting depth and soil types necessary, you are ready to plant. Some areas may require barriers to keep out weeds. Newspaper can be a great way to aid in weed reduction as well as being an environmentally friendly and organic option. You may also consider adding topsoil for optimal growth. Other things to keep in mind are choosing complimentary colors, age and size of plants, and water usage. It may take some time and extra watering at first, but as plants are established, you can create a more permanent border for them.

Making choices for your new yard can seem intimidating. By considering several important factors such as the area you live in, your budget, and how much work the yard will require, you can successfully create a beautiful space for you to enjoy outdoors. Using your own skills and hard work, you can stay within budget and allow you to design and landscape a yard that you can be proud of for years to come.

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