Simple Guide For Beginners: 6 Quick Tips For DIY Landscaping Plan

Can you feel the chill in the air and see the changing of leaves? It only means one thing my friend, autumn is here! It’s the perfect time of year when we can all relax from the busy schedules of our lives. Feeling the autumn wind touch your skin and seeing the leaves fall from the trees is just nostalgic. It’s pretty much how everybody feels right now and it’s probably one of the main reasons why people love autumn. Sitting on your porch, having a little me time while drinking a cup of coffee and simply being happy being at home is definitely the best feeling in the world. I bet, you couldn’t agree more with me.


On the other hand, some people spend their autumn by planning a landscaping project to add a feel and look good ambiance. Sounds like a pretty good idea too. Some people love the thought of doing this task by themselves to give their landscaping a personalized look and wanted to put extra effort into it. Are you doing any landscaping project anytime soon? Is this going to be your first time planning for such exciting task and wanted to do it yourself? No worries, if you’re a beginner, you can certainly learn the stuff about landscaping one step at a time. To guide you in this task, here are six quick tips to help outline your landscaping project.


1. Start Learning The Basics

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As a beginner, the most important thing that you have to learn is the basics of landscaping. You have to familiarize yourself with the terminologies associated with landscaping as well as the different tools and equipment used. Once you’re done with that, the next step you have to do is study and learn the basic skills required in landscaping. Also, you have to study the type of soil you have in your yard or lawn, the climate, and determine the types of plants to use with consideration to the soil type and climate. You can’t do this all at once, so, you have to take it slow and make sure that you have a good grasp of each topic before you proceed.


2. Understand The Elements Of Landscape Design


Sketching a landscape design is a crucial part of planning. Hence, understanding its elements or principles is paramount. Incorporating all the basic elements of landscape design will ensure a significantly appealing aesthetic. Landscape design has five basic elements, namely: color, form, texture, line, and scale. Yes, you may think that you can simply draft a design without these elements, but you’re wrong. Each one of them plays a crucial role not only in the appearance of your landscape but also with its functionality and purpose.


3. Don’t Underestimate Hardscape


You may wonder, what is hardscape? Landscaping has two elements: soft scape and hardscape. Hardscape refers to the heavier or hard elements of landscape design such as stones, rocks, pathways, patios, etc., while soft scape is the opposite. It refers to the elements of a landscape that comprise live, horticultural elements such as plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc. To fully achieve a successful landscape, incorporate hardscapes to add structure and balance. Consider the exterior and interior of your home when deciding for the hardscape in order to come up with a complementing design. Plus, you might want to consider patios and decks to help blend the indoors and outdoors.


4. Study Water Features

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Every landscape looks better if it has water features in it. So, if you desire to put up one in your landscaping plan, then you better study about it. Water features such as ponds and water fountains can add tranquility to the ambiance of your landscape. Installing a water feature can be quite a challenge, but you can do it by yourself by understanding how it works and how to do it properly. However, in any case, that you feel you’re not suitable to do the task, then don’t.


5. Observe Balance and Harmony

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Alright, for starters, it’s important that your landscape has a balance of everything within it. Meaning, you can’t just place a plant or a tree randomly or anywhere you want to put it. Planting a variety of evergreens, colorful flowers, and foliage plants promote balance and flow within the landscape. To achieve harmony, you can arrange flowers or plants in flower beds, pair them according to colors (you can choose between warm or cool colors). The contrast between colors can create interesting ambiance and complementing colors can create happiness and light moods.


6. Be Willing To Start Small

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Last, but definitely not the least, you have to start small. Remember, even Rome was not built in a day, and certainly is your landscape. It’s relevant to take one step at a time and divide your project into different phases to make it easier to accomplish and modify or adjust if necessary. You can work on the first phase, then off to the next one and so on. Work on it gradually – it will help you keep track of your progress and avoid any mistakes along the way. Small steps or actions if done properly can create a big impact in your landscaping.


Starting a landscaping project may be challenging at first, especially for beginners since you have to do it from scratch. However, it shouldn’t be the reason for you to quit or dismiss the idea of doing the landscaping by yourself, all the more motivation you should have to finish it. Of course, you can ask your friends, neighbors or family to help you out – being sociable can be handy at times. In cases you feel that you’re not on the right track, consult a pro to guide you. Most of the times you’ll need their expert advice as well as experience to keep you on the right track. So, start with your DIY landscaping plan now!