Why DIY Landscape Design?
According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors in collaboration with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, homeowners can expect a 100-percent return on investment (ROI) for an overall landscape upgrade.
Evaluate Your Outdoor Space
Identify problem areas, such as those prone to flooding. Take into consideration existing structures such as outbuildings, fences, decks, patios, walkways, and any trees or large shrubs you intend to keep.
Create a Vision
Establish how you intend to use your yard and what you want it to look like. Start with a focal point like a water feature, fire pit, gazebo, or flower bed. Be certain to link spaces with pathways and continuity of design.
Hardscaping adds functionality and structure to the landscape. It also provides balance, contrast, and texture. Some types, such as retaining walls and gravel paths, can reduce soil erosion.
Select Beneficial Plants
Plants should address your property’s needs: trees for shade, ground covers for slopes, etc. But before a plant can benefit your landscape, it has to be able to survive the conditions.
A growing trend in gardening and landscaping is to focus on sustainability: designing outdoor spaces in a way that reduces their negative impact on the environment and supports conservation of natural resources.
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