Adventures in Landscaping

Whether you are on a large farm or in a small house, something to fill your free time (what free time??) can be really relaxing and rewarding. Landscaping and gardening are two things we really enjoy here. Landscaping can be pretty time consuming…and expensive, but totally worth it when you see the end result.

It is really fun to pick out the flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees you like. And to research what is low-maintenance or high-maintenance to find what you are looking for. Take the time to find out what might be an appropriate plant selection with the amount of work you are willing to put into your yard. You don't want to be weeding, trimming and watering every single day.

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Before you get started, you have to choose your plants. Figure out the colors and types of plants you like. I chose a lot of pink! Keep in mind light and soil requirements as well when choosing flowers. And if you live in an area where summer is toasty, be sure to take that into account so your flowers aren't beautiful in spring and scorched in the summer.

Once you have your plants and flowers, you want a game plan. You will have to dig up the yard to build your beds. You need to have a shape in mind before you get started. Once you dig out your shape, you can line it with rock or brick. I lined mine with bricks to form a better boundary between the grass and the plants. This is optional, but I think it makes a very nice extra touch. Plus, we love hardscaping.

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Before you do anything permanent, place your plants. This is the best way to see what your landscaping will look like before committing. It's also good to place first so you can fill in if there are any gaps. When planning your placement, it's good to layer. Start in the back with the tallest (and those with potential to be the tallest). Layer two to three rows to add depth and visual interest.

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Now, get to digging those holes! Get all of your plants in their holes and secured with dirt. You are almost done. Lastly, you will want to add mulch to the beds. You will need a lot of mulch. I recommend going into it knowing you will probably make a couple of trips to the store.

Now you are finished, enjoy your final product! Don't forget to maintain the bed with weeding and watering.

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How's your yard looking this year? Send us photos of your landscaping!

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