Taking the Sting Out of Landscaping Projects


Landscaping your yard can seem like a big undertaking — there are so many options to choose from and so many directions you can go. But designing your yard is much like designing any other room in your home. Most of the same guidelines apply. All you need are some great outdoor living supplies and a few ideas to get started. Here are some simple ways to make your next landscaping project more digestible.

Wants & Needs

Before you run to your local landscape supplier and start buying all the outdoor living supplies, you should think about your wants and needs in the space you are about to create.

Think about the mood you want to evoke in your yard. Do you want it to be simple and elegant, with few, but vibrant plants? Or do you want your yard to be lush and wild, with a bit of an overgrown feeling?

It’s easiest to start small, paying attention to the function of each individual area you want to upgrade or change. For example, when considering the walkway to your front door, think may about the first impressions you’re giving your guests.

Next, think about the function of your yard as a whole. Do you have kids or a dog? This is a key factor in designing your layout as you may want to leave ample space for them to play. Do you plan to have a pool or outdoor fire pit? How about a garden? Make a list of all the things you want to implement in your yard and go from there.

The Larger Playing Field

Once you’ve jotted down all your wants and needs, it’s time to think about how everything flows and start drawing a layout. Get out a sheet of paper and mark where things are in your yard from an aerial view, including your home and any doors or sheds. It’s also important to mark any walkways or potential walkways and accommodate to this natural flow.

Before you start sketching where you want everything to go, you must also think about the environment of the space. If you want to plant a garden, for example, you should think about the area of your yard that gets the most sun. Or, if you want to build a fire pit, you’ve got to think about where there isn’t much wind. At the end of the day, we’re at the mercy of mother nature so we might as well use her to our advantage!

Once you’ve taken in the layout of the land and how it interacts with the environment, you can begin filling in the gaps.

Keep it Simple

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they start a landscaping job is that they tend to go overboard, purchasing all the outdoor living supplies and plants in one fell swoop. Creating a well-landscaped yard doesn’t have to be complicated. You’ll most likely be better off if you keep it simple. A busy yard, at the end of the day, can have the opposite effect of calming.

The best thing would be to tackle the yard one step at a time, starting with just one project. This is useful because finished projects usually inform the area around it. For example, you may have thought you wanted to place a large hydrangea bush near your front door. But after completing the walkway, you might find that a bush there would be too disruptive to the flow.

It’s also important to think about what makes you feel at home. Is it a bunch of wildflowers and swaying grass? Or manicured bushes and a brick path? Find a spot you want to improve and start from there.

Size & Budget

Outdoor living supplies can add up quickly, which is another reason to start with one project at a time. Think about the resources you have around your home you could use before you spend all your money. Remember to always save any leftover soil or seeds for your next project!

It’s also important to think about the size of the plants before you start crowding them together. Plants need more space than the little seed they may be right now. Figure out the estimated growth of the plant, which is usually stated on their tag or seed packet, and make sure to measure that much space around it before planting another one.

Embarking on the journey of landscaping should be exciting and fun. With the right outdoor living supplies and these tips to get you started, you’ll be on your way to a beautiful yard in no time. Luckily, at Pioneer Landscape Centers, we’ve got everything you need — visit our website or call 866-525-4079 to learn more!