July 29, 2020

How to Start DIY Landscaping

Many people have used this summer season or their time in quarantine to clean out their garage or renovate parts of their house. If you’re looking to take on a new summer project, do-it-yourself landscaping is the project for you.

DIY landscaping can be an affordable, creative option for those wanting to improve the appearance of their property without sacrificing their paycheck. Before you begin on your projects, there are four steps that are essential.

Figure out your goals

Do you want to use this project to renovate the deck area? Are you looking to install a water feature? In need of a touch up? The first step in DIY landscaping is to figure out what your goals are for the project.

Research your environment

One important part of DIY landscaping is to ensure its longevity. You wouldn’t want to invest time and money into a project that ultimately dies out. This step is necessary as every region, state and community have different soil compositions and humidity levels. For example, if you are looking to conserve on water, then xeriscaping may be a great option.

Plan out your plot

Biting off more than you can chew for a DIY project can result in the project never being completed, leaving you with wasted money and unused materials. Instead, measure out sections of your yard to work on one section at a time. Take note of the defined borders of your yard and any pathways or bridges that you may want to add in. Plan out the number of plants you may purchase, or the estimated cost of materials for adding a new feature.

Budget your project

DIY is a great affordable option for landscaping. Still, it is best to budget out your project so that you don’t end up spending more than you intended to. Adding a water feature will most likely increase your utilities bill. Some plants require routine maintenance to avoid overcrowding. This final step comes right before you make the first purchase.

So, if you’ve been thinking about refreshing the look around your home, now may be the perfect time. In the long run, it will increase your home’s value and likely improve the appearance. Just make sure you don’t take on a bigger project than you can handle.

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