Landscaping Newbie: Where Do I Start?

Landscaping Newbie: Where Do I Start?

Alysha Findley
Apr 15, 2013

Spring is here and I am ready to sprout some landscaping ideas for my yard. The only problem is that I am a virgin landscaper and don't feel that I have a good idea what works and where to start.

I have a front, side and backyard to deal with, which also includes fencing. I can get overwhelmed really quickly when I start thinking about the scope of this project. I don't need it to be big, costly and fancy — just cozy, bright, cheery and beautiful.

Here is my plan so far:

  • Research how to landscape for beginners.
  • Drive around and take pictures and notes of yards I fancy.
  • Head to the garden stores and ask about the best plants, flowers and trees for our climate here in the Pacific Northwest. I really want winter plants as well so I can create a little cheer in the dead of winter.
  • Create Inspiration Boards.
  • Call a landscaper and find out the price of a consult.
  • Call an arborist to learn about our existing trees and what would work with them.
  • Ask all of you for ideas!

Have you ever been in this situation? How did you go about it?

(Image: Loree's Dangerously Beautiful Garden)

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