Landscaping refers to the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beautiful environment within a certain area. It is very important to create a great mix of colors without it becoming too overwhelming. You can amaze guests with your front yard. Impress them before they even enter your home. Landscaping takes a lot of work but the results will be promising. Take note of these Do’s and Don’ts of landscaping.

First let’s talk about Garden planning. Planning is the most important phase of the job. It is a big investment. Answer questions such as:

How much am I willing to spend?

What color scheme am I going to use?

What are the best plants for my yard?

Your answer to these questions plays a big role in the initial part of landscaping. Let’s move on to the Do’s and Don’ts of Garden planning.

Do research. It takes time to know what kind of plants complement each other. Note the change in seasons as well. Choose plants that can thrive despite the seasonal changes. Sunlight can also be a problem. Determine how much sunlight your plant needs. If there’s too much or too little, your plant may die.

Do plan for long term. Don’t place a tree just anywhere around your home. Consider that as it grows, the roots may destroy the walls of your home or fence. Planting it too close to these certain areas is not advisable. It is recommended to plant a tree at least twenty feet away to avoid damage of property.

Don’t think in Ones. Do not attempt to place different color varieties into your yard. This creates a messy and cluttered view. Plan the color scheme of your landscape ahead of time. It creates organized groups of plants that visually shows unity, contrast and balance.

Do plant in odd numbers. This is a rule of thumb for most gardeners. Planting in odd numbers is sort of informal for some who prefer symmetry. The reason behind this rule is inspired from nature, which has a natural chaos about it. This natural chaos creates a pleasurable dynamic situation. The resulting phenomenon is that odd-numbered groups are particularly pleasing to the eye.

Next, let’s dig deeper on the Do’s and Don’ts of a landscape’s Maintenance and Upkeep. Answer these questions:

Am I aware of the maintenance needed in the long term?

Am I willing to do maintenance?

Is there an easy way to do maintenance?

When do I fertilize my plants?

We have to admit that maintaining a yard is no small task. It requires patience and hard work. Nothing comes easy. The seeds of our labor will bear fruit soon enough. Now to the Do’s and Don’ts.

Don’t and never let weeds creep up. We may be lazy when it comes to removing them but it should be done. Weeds are not just ugly and annoying, they can destroy the surrounding plants. Remove these eyesores as soon as possible.

Do set up an irrigation system. If watering plants can be so much of a chore every morning, install a simple drip-irrigation system that can be attached to a spigot with a timer. Simply set the timer and it gives the plants all the water they need.

Do fertilize plants during the Autumn season. Fertilizer encourages new growth. To maintain a green lawn in winter, use fertilizer before the cooler months.