Landscaping for Beginners

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3 Hours

Hey everyone! If you have some gardens in your back yard and you look at them like W....T...Flip these tips might help you out! This will also teach you how to make a new garden if you don't have a messy one to clean out.

Love a cold Nova Scotian

ITS NOT HARD! I Promise!

Landscaping always seems to be scary until you do it. Start on a small area, if you follow these steps you'll surprise yourself!

Find your Bed

No really, in my case i had to find my garden bed (or lack there of)

Its still early spring so these bushes don't look like much but (I'm not sure what kind they are) they actually produce a beautiful pink and white flower and fill out super thick. Perfect, they need a garden bed, they need to stand out!

Clean it out.

Its hard to believe but all of those rocks under my feet came from this bed. After a few years they sink into the ground and get grown over (if you don't maintain them) Pull them to one side because you will need them and rake out all of the dead debris.

Edge it.

There are proper tools for edging but a pointed shovel works just fine also. Step on the shovel and pierce the ground then you can just pull Add Caption

away the grass you don't need. This just allows for a better divide between your grass and mulch.

Landscaping Fabric

This part is easy, anywhere you want to put put your fabric! Put it UNDER rocks (to hold it down before mulch) and cut AROUND your trees/bushes

Landscaping fabric is about 20$ a roll and goes a LONG way. It doesn't allow weeds to grow up and keeps your bed tidy. You can get it at your local hardware store or garden center.


You don't have to do this step but as you can see I took all the rock I had and created a border around my garden before i put the mulch in.

Perk to doing this, its easier to keep the mulch inside the garden and doesn't mix with the grass because it creates a wall.

Add Your Mulch

Add Your mulch but cutting open your bags and raking them in about 2-4 inches thick across your garden. Now you can add solar lights or garden accessories and wait for those bushes to bloom!

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  • Denika Coakley Denika Coakley on Apr 27, 2020

    The great debate. WHAT color mulch? why?

  • Krafty Mrs.K Krafty Mrs.K on Apr 28, 2020

    I am in the early stages of rehabbing our front beds. the original owner filled them with Asian jasmine (no pretty flowers) and for years I just wacked it back to plant bulbs and annuals. This milder winter left our house looking like Sleeping Beauty's castle. So I am on a mission to rip it out for good and lay that landscape fabric under the mulch.

    So any ideas besides a flame thrower to kill this stuff and not hurt my azaleas or bees???

  • Lailasultani Lailasultani on Apr 28, 2020

    Hi I have rats in my backyard n they r digging in the dirt n I’m losing grass cuz of them . I really need help. Can anyone tell me what to do? The grass looks bumpy all over n Ian really HATE rats n gets goosebumps 😣can anyone has any idea? Should I call professionals or I can do it myself which not a good gardener at all.


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  • Mary Mary on May 03, 2021

    I use landscaping fabric over top of cardboard. The cardboard will break down after a couple of years, but no weeds getthrough

  • Kathryn Kathryn on May 08, 2021

    Good project. Great results. Yes, cardboard is wonderful for a weed barrier and is free.