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  • Writer's picturePEDRO GONZALEZ

How To Landscape Your Yard Like a Pro

There’s nothing quite as exquisite as a professionally landscaped yard, and in many instances, it can truly enhance the overlook of a home and not only make it more attractive for the homeowner, but to potential buyers should the property be listed for sale.

That said, some homeowners prefer to save a bit of money and landscape their yard themselves, which can be done, but only by following the advice given below:

Make sure you have a plan in place

Take a good long look at your yard and consider not just how you want it to look, but how you want it to perform. Think about how you plan to use the space, or how you use the space already, and consider whether the new design will enable you to do this in a better way.

Try making a rough sketch on paper of your yard, to help put the space into perspective.

Make your initial focus on hardscaping

While strategically placed flowers and shrubs can help to enhance a yard, these can easily be added at a later date. Instead, begin the design process by thinking about hardscaping elements such as stones, boulders, patios, decks, walkways and stone borders, as these will all last much longer, and will provide the basis for your entire yard.

It might be possible for you to carry out some simpler hardscaping tasks, such as placing rocks and stones in different places or creating small stone boundaries, but for patios, decks and driveways, you really do need to call in the experts. Mistakes made with bricks or concrete are all too easy to make, and all too tricky and expensive to fix.

Start small

Many homeowners find it more manageable to start by landscaping a small section of their yard at a time, instead of trying to do it all at once. This may take longer, of course, but it usually gives better, longer lasting results, and means that more thought can be put into every different section of the yard.

If you’re facing some budgetary constraints, landscaping your yard in stages can also be helpful in terms of reducing the risk of overspending.

Find your yard’s focal point

Think carefully about where you want your eye (or the eye of anyone visiting your home) to gravitate naturally to when in your yard, or looking at it from the street. Whether it’s a pool, water feature, patio or pergola, try to emphasize the area with some simple but attractive hardscape features such as decorative stones or pebbles.

Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture

Whatever your vision is for the transformation of your yard, it’s important not to lose sight of that, and to keep the ‘big picture’ in mind throughout the entire project, however long it may take you. This promotes consistency and helps to ensure that your landscaped yard is everything you want it to be.

A landscaped yard is an excellent addition to any home, no matter its style or size. But if you’re finding the project to be a little overwhelming, or don’t really know where to start, professional landscaping companies are always there to guide you.

Helping to ensure that your yard becomes exactly the attractive and functional space you want it to be, what it will cost you in fees to hire professional help, is typically money well spent, especially when it can increase the value of your home, too.

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