Landscaping Design Tips to Transform Your Yard

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Landscaping gives you the opportunity to design the look of your yard while also providing opportunities for increased relaxation and even improved property value. Transitioning from lawn to garden can be a big undertaking, so you need to get it right. To help achieve that goal, here are landscaping design tips to transform your yard:

Take time to plan

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First, you need to spend some serious time planning your landscaping project. If this is a DIY project, that time commitment is even more important since it will also be your practical application course.

Hire a pro

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If you don’t know much about plants and flowers, or if the current landscape just isn’t what you want any more, then hire a professional landscaper. This is especially important in the planning stage where an expert with experience can help make sure everything is done right. You’ll also save yourself countless hours of difficult labor in the long run.

Don’t limit yourself

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all gardens are green; they come in many colors, textures, and shapes. Think beyond the traditional flowers and fountains, and think about using shrubs, hedges, mailboxes—even metal garden sculptures to give your yard some flair.

Avoid monotony

Just like bad fashion choices are often made by putting together pieces that all come from the same color family (i.e. “I’m wearing blue so I’ll wear my blue belt with these jeans”), landscaping should avoid mimicking this look. A house’s exterior can be enhanced if its interior decorating style is reflected in the plants it chooses. Mix up hues for maximum effect.

Don’t neglect design details

No matter how beautiful your trees or flowerbeds may be, poorly designed walkways, driveways, or patios can ruin the overall effect. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this stuff, but you do need to take some time designing these features carefully.

Keep it simple

You want to achieve balance in your yard design—not too many trees or flowers all crowded together, not too much open space that’s devoid of greenery. One trick is to place the largest objects nearest the house and get smaller as they are placed further away. Don’t go overboard with waterfalls or other artificial elements; keep it simple for maximum effect.

Overlap styles

Look at successful gardens for inspiration. You’ll notice that even if two very different plant types are right next to each other, they work together in most cases. So mix and match plants and flowers with rocks and other structural elements to discover combinations that you like.

Let it grow

Forget what your garden may look like during its “growing period” when everything looks a bit messy (and fruitless). Once all of the seeds sprout and the plants begin to thrive, your yard’s true character will start to show through, rendering everything much more beautiful than before!

Don’t neglect exposed root areas

When planting trees or bushes, don’t forget exposed roots—these are often neglected by homeowners who are worried about how they’ll look at first glance. But leaving exposed root areas bare will make your landscape look unfinished; take some time to carefully plant them with topsoil and sod to make sure they get the look you want.

Get rid of clutter (and eyesores)

Don’t allow weeds, old appliances, or half-dead trees to remain in your yard; get rid of these things as soon as possible before they become too much of a problem and detract from your landscaping project.


Before you start your landscaping project, make sure that it’s something you’ll enjoy for a long time to come. This includes looking into how much upkeep will be required on a regular basis. Don’t give up if things don’t go as planned from the very beginning; remember, with enough hard work and patience, you can improve any landscape.

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