10 Rules Every Homeowner Should Follow When Landscaping

Landscaping your home can be an overwhelming job. But if you are armed with simple rules, a little preparation, and a good strong arm, it's much easier than you think.
Recently we began our landscaping in the front of our home, we dug out all the grass, put in a Stone Walkway, plantings around the trees and then laid sod.
Come see what a great transformation it was and learn the 10 Rules Every Homeowner should follow when Landscaping!
The front landscaping and yard are done. Now we will move onto the landscaping near the house, painting the house and the front porch.
Rule #1. Choose your style – The outside of your house should reflect your personal style as much as the interior of your home. Do you have formal parties with business associates? Is your style more casual and just go with the flow? Use your landscape to set the tone for visitors and friends alike.
Rule 3. Sketch out your ideas before doing anything else – Draw, redraw and redraw again if necessary. Getting your ideas down on paper will let you weed out all the unnecessary components and keep the elements that are really important to you.
Rule 7. Plant in odd multiples - Years ago in college I took several courses that included basic landscaping rules and the single rule that I’ve never strayed away from is planting in odd multiples. It works well for interior design; doesn’t a group of three candles look better grouped together than just two? The same goes for plants so aim for 1′s, 3′s, 5′s, 7′s, 9′s. Now once you get into double digits you can relax the rule slightly but I’ve always strived for odds unless planting species like ivy, vinca and other ground cover.
The before and after is quite a huge transformation. And we couldn't be happier. Now we continue the work on the area close to the house.
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  • Front Porch Ideas
    on Aug 18, 2014

    Liz and Doug, Dave and I love your ideas - especially that cute bike in your shady area. We included your project in our curated HT board titled "DIY Landscaping Ideas" right here on http://www.hometalk.com/b/2207285/diy-landscaping. Also highlighted your project on our website, too. Thank you! Mary

  • NancyB
    on Mar 27, 2015

    The transformation is unbelievable. How many man hours went into the project? Your yard is beautiful!

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