Fall is a great time to launch that do-it-yourself (DIY) backyard home gardening project you’ve always wanted to do. Thanks to some inspiration from the Fall season we have put together a full proof plan that will help you see your project from start to finish. Our step by step guide is chock full of tips and ideas on just about everything you will need, from landscape supplies to design ideas and so much more. So, let’s get you started on what promises to be your most successful fall landscaping project yet!
- CARRY OUT A THOROUGH ASSESSMENT
Before you jump right into getting this landscaping project started, there are a few things that you should consider. For starters, you should have a clear idea of what you are working with as well as what you would like to achieve. Take for example, the size, shape, existing landscaping if any that you may be working with. These are the things that will determine how you move your project along. Some questions to help you with your assessment include
- How much living (e.g. garden) versus non-living (e.g. concrete) landscaping space you will be working with (use actual measurements here)
- What would you like the final product to look like and do you have the space and resources to accommodate your vision. How can you tweak one or the other to have some sort of meeting in the middle.
- What kind of landscape supplies will you need and where can you get them.
- How much are you willing to spend versus how much it is likely to cost. How can you tweak either your budget or resources to ensure that you do not spend too much but still get your desired result or close.
- Look at the work that you are likely to be doing and assess how much extra help you will need. Perhaps you can make it a family project with the kids or other relatives and friends pitching in. Do not underestimate your needs.
- GATHER SUPPLIES
Now that you have a clear idea and picture of exactly what you want and what you will be doing for your landscaping project, the next step is to begin gathering your supplies and resources. You will need landscaping tools for digging and planting your garden for example (which lowes is perfectly fine for), as well as plants for your said garden. Begin to source your supplies and gather them. Big box stores like Lows or the Home Depot will have some options but I prefer a landscape supply specialist so I go to Pete Rose Inc. in Richmond A simple search for landscaping supplies should help you out if your not familiar with any.
- PLAN YOUR WORK
By now, you should have had everything you need and have begun your landscaping. To not be overwhelmed it is a good idea to take the work in stages, breaking it up into small, manageable amounts. It is equally as important to work smart as it is to work hard.
- Source ideas online. There are lots of landscaping tips for spaces of all shapes and sizes online. There is also lots of DIY shortcuts that can save you time and money. Best of all, most of this information is provided freely. Therefore, make use of your online resources.
- Pay attention to other non-landscaping details that may affect the overall look and feel of your landscape in the final analysis. One feature that persons often overlook when landscaping is the painting of their house. A fresh coat of paint (even if you are not changing the colors) go a long way in helping to add to the fresh, warm and inviting look of your newly landscaped space.