By Andrew Scowden

You may have thought about paying a professional landscaper to redo your yard. However, it is much less expensive and much more fun if you do it yourself. It takes some learning but can be completed quickly and easily. Keep reading for some solid tips that can help you create a beautiful yard.

If you are doing landscaping, you need to know the differences between annuals, perennials, as well as which plants survive and thrive in different geographical areas and climates. Also take into account what your yard will look like in each season of the year; don't design just for summer. It is vital you take this into consideration so you are sure to see the best results.

One great tip is to first write down every material that you will need. It is quite discouraging to have to postpone your project until you go back to the store for a single tool.

Plan your landscape well. The best landscaping projects begin with proper planning. To properly plan a landscaping project begin by drawing the dimensions of the area to be landscaped to scale using graph paper. This diagram will include plotting the locations of any structures in the area including established plants, water features and walkways.

Use stones, and pebbles to decrease the amount of grass on your lawn. Stones and pebbles are attractive additions to any yard, and they do not require regular maintenance. Grass requires regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing. Reducing the amount of grass in your yard can help to save you time, and energy.

If you are using flowers in your landscaping plans, you should use both perennials and annuals. Perennials come in many beautiful options, but annuals ensure that you have color year round. If you live in a winter climate, you could even incorporate beautiful shrubs and flowers that bloom during that season.

Always use odd numbers of plant groupings. It is more pleasing to the eye and more natural looking to see groups of 3, 5 or 7 plants than groups of 2, 4 or 6. Aim for plantings that are more triangle-shaped than square-shaped, and your landscaping will have more eye appeal.

A great way to really enhance your landscape is to add a pond or waterfall to your design. This can really make your landscaping look much more beautiful and the sound of water flowing adds a sense of peacefulness and serenity to your entire landscape. This is a great way to make your landscape more tranquil.

If you are going to be the one mowing your lawn, use a mulching mower so the clippings will go back into the lawn. This helps your lawn get good nutrients. The decomposed grass lessens the amount of fertilizer you will need on the lawn.

As stated before, landscaping isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. Anyone can complete a landscaping job, but only with the right information and preparation beforehand. Luckily, you have the tips and advice from this article to assist you, so your next landscaping job will be one that is completed with ease.

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