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Start a Garden: Landscaping Tips and Tricks from Professionals

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Published September 3rd 2017
How to Landscape Like a Boss

The garden is an important part of your house since it can give your house that extra sparkle and glamour, as well as create a cheerful and homey environment for the whole household. That's why no one wants to ruin that garden space without previously knowing how to plant, landscape and maintain their little paradise. The truth is it will take patience, time and work to create something vivid and stunning, a perfect endeavour for the weekend so you can include your partner or family and make it a joint activity.

Before you start though, take a look at these tips and tricks from professionals especially chosen to help you with your landscaping project.

Use evergreen shrubs for a fresh look

Evergreen plants are very good for gardening and landscaping due to their never changing colour during the seasons and easily tended shapes. Boxwood shrubs are the best choice you can make because they're dense and elegant. Their foliage ranges in shades of green so you can combine different varieties to get that layered look. They are also used for making hedges and creating natural barriers and separators, like fences and path markers. The ideal spot for planting them is a location fully or partially exposed to the sun and well-drained soil.

Also, if temperatures are very high in the summers, consider positioning them so they spend a part of the day in the shade and make sure they are watered regularly. On the other hand, make sure they're not on the path of winter winds since they can develop the winter bronzing condition. Besides watering and mulching, there's not much to do regarding care when it comes to boxwood. When they grow enough, you can prune or shear them to the shape you like and thus preserve them even longer. Make sure you are ready for possible pests, like leaf miner and phytophthora root rot as the result of soggy soil.

Build your own edgings and borders

It may sound like something impossible, but actually, you can use small walls around the trees or groups of plants to organise your garden and create some order. You can also apply this technique on your kerb and make it more interesting. You'll need cobblestones to create edgings and some cleaning up of the place where you'll create your borders. Let's start with the tree since the principle is the same with all other circumstances. The first thing you need to do is clear the space around the tree trunk and make sure the branches are trimmed and pruned for a healthy plant and appropriate aesthetic appeal.

But to quote Bradshaw Tree Services blog: "If you can't do the job with your feet on the ground, it's time to contact an arborist", so make sure you do it properly to avoid damaging the plant and endangering its healthy growth. After this, measure a desired circle around the tree and remove the grass. Add gravel from the outer edge and in width of the stones, and compact it. Start laying stones in three rows, one on top of the other with cement between them to glue them together. You can apply the same principle for any other place you want to add edging to.

Make planter hands

Landscaping is also about embellishing and making your garden fun and visually exciting. There are many ornaments you can make yourself like wind chimes and pots, but the most interesting and very creative DIY project is planter hands. Although you'll have to work with concrete, don't be scared and don't give up, because it's really easy and fast. You'll need cement for casting, a breathing mask, and a plastic bucket for mixing, which you'll easily do by following the instructions on the bag.

Take a plastic glove and fill it with cement mix with a garden trowel. Make sure that all the fingers are filled in by squeezing the end of the glove. Depending on the cement, it can take 15 minutes or longer for it to set. Make as many planters as you need. Peel off the gloves and plant some succulents, and then place them in your garden. You can also play with balloons and try different shapes, the more you experiment the more fun it will be.

As you see, landscaping is the perfect weekend project, one that will fulfil you creatively and inspire you to make your garden better and more beautiful. From designing the look to decorating with small details, it will be a fun and rewarding DIY project.

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