There are many benefits to landscaping; regardless of your skill level none of them are beyond you. The most key part of yard landscaping is understanding basic planning techniques. Taking just a little time to figure out what mistakes to avoid goes a long way toward creating a successful landscape for yourself, or others. If you are planting flowers,and other greenery as part of your landscaping efforts, group similar plants together. Identify plants with similar needs in terms of watering, sunlight and required soil type. This way, you can ensure that you treat all of your plants properly, and can organize your landscaping work more easily. Do not settle for a cheap design such as a patio or a deck if you are not going to use it. It might be worth it to pay a professional designer to help you create the kind of space and design you will use and enjoy throughout different seasons. If you plan to incorporate flowers into your landscaping plans, you might want to consider layering them. If you plant them so that the tallest are in the back, and the smallest in the front you allow for all flowers to be easily visible from the primary view. If you face the largest to the north, you are also allowing for optimal growth. When selecting your landscaping design, look to your neighbors for some inspiration. While there is nothing wrong with being creative when it comes to choosing your varieties of plants and trees, you never want your house to stick out like a sore thumb. Try to choose varieties that compliment the plants in your neighborhood, to add the most beauty to your house. Whenever you are planning to take on a landscaping project yourself, it is generally a good idea to talk to a professional first. While you don’t have to hire a landscape architect to do your landscaping for you, getting a quick consultation won’t cost that much, and it will give you some great information. Many people relish the idea of a lush green lawn, yet few are willing to wait for grass seeds to grow. Sod offers near-instant gratification, but tends to be a bit more costly. Save money and compromise by using sod for your front lawn and planting grass seeds in your backyard. You may be able to save some money by sticking with a square or rectangular patio or garden, but the money that you save could be lessening the appeal of the area. It may be in your best interest to spend a little more to add some attractive shapes so you are happier with the finished product. You can fill space in with groundcover plants, which also look nice. Look to creeping plants like ferns, vinca, juniper or ivy to liven up bare areas and reduce your mowing demands. They also add dimension, depth and color to your landscape. Determine how much sunlight your property gets. This is important since it can affect the kind of plants you choose. Be aware of shady areas, as you can divide some of the areas where there is full or partial shade. This is crucial because plants can wither from too much or too little sunlight. Fertilization is important when developing a landscaped area. There are many choices when it comes to fertilization. For example one can use today’s engineered fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro or Jobe’s Plant Sticks. If organic fertilizer is preferred there are many options available such as compost, manure, worm casings and peat. Landscape design software is an excellent tool for anyone who needs visual aids to get a true idea of what works best. These programs allow you to enter measurements and maps that reflect your working space. This allows you to plan the boundaries of flowerbeds, visualize spacing and choose the optimal layout for your project. Now that you’ve learned more about home landscaping, hopefully, it doesn’t seem so complicated. You can do this and all you need to do is to just get started with creating the yard of your dreams. When your neighbors ask who did your landscaping, you’ll be able to proudly tell them that you did yourself and they might even want to hire you.