By Rebeca Kennerson

As the world population ages, landscaping and gardening are becoming more popular activities that are garnering newly-found interest. Just like any new skill, it's much easier to become proficient at landscaping or gardening, if you are equipped with the right advice. Apply the advice in this article and begin your landscaping journey today.

Gather landscaping ideas from home and garden magazines. These magazines often showcase the most beautiful homes, and the most beautiful gardens. Though you might not be able to completely copy the look that you find in the magazine, you can gain inspiration which will help you to end up with a finished product that you are proud of.

To help pay for your project, you should divide it into different stages. You will only have to pay for one stage at a time. If landscaping is a hobby for you, taking your time is important since creating the landscape is often more fun than maintaining it on a regular basis.

Invite wildlife into your garden. Birds, squirrels and butterflies can add beauty to a yard, and they will also benefit your plants. You can invite them into your yard by leaving out food, strategically placing bird feeders, and having sources of water spread throughout the garden. You will love watching the animals and listening to the birds every time you enter your garden.

While it is common to use chemicals insecticides to ward off pests, many of them can cause harm to your plants. They best way to keep bugs away, is to grow plants that naturally repel bugs, or use a natural bug repellant like hot pepper spray, or dishwater on your plants.

Planting flowers underneath a shade tree won't be successful. Instead of making use of flowers, think of using ground covers instead. Not only will this make your yard more beautiful, it's simple to keep up with. Woodruff and hosta make very nice options in ground covering.

If the scope of your landscaping project is large enough, an hour or two with a professional landscaper or architect may be worth it, as they can give you expert guidance on choosing your plants and help you refine your design. Making this small investment will save you time and money throughout your project. A consultation with a landscaper may cost you $75 an hour but it will pay off when you avoid costly mistakes.

If you live in a part of the country that is at risk for wildfires, choose landscaping projects accordingly. For example, trees should be planted at least 100 feet apart. Additionally, large trees should not be planted less than 100 feet from your house or other building structure (garden, shed, workshop, etc.).

As the baby boom generation enters their retirement age, landscaping and gardening have tremendously increased in popularity. However, many people would like to begin partaking in these exciting hobbies, but don't have a clue of where to begin. The advice in this article has great material that will help you begin landscaping today.

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