Please welcome guest writer, John Miller.
I’m sure you know those beautiful gardens that catch your eye involuntarily as you pass by. They are perfectly well organized, the lawn is mowed at all times, the bushes have an elegant shape and there is not a single weed. The first thing that comes to mind, before going over the beauty and relaxation such a garden inspires, is that owners hired a professional landscaper.
This might be true, but it’s not always the case. Indeed, someone who knows exactly what is doing is preferred, but if you don’t have the budget, you can do it yourself. Plus, it’s very healthy to be outside in the garden, working.
To get you started, we’ll discuss a few brilliant and budget friendly ideas that will help you transform the backyard into a fantastic place for relaxation.
Make sure you have the skills
One thing is sure: not everyone was born to be a gardener or a landscaping artist for that matter. So, if you think that the shovel is something that should only be in the trunk of your car in the case you get stuck somewhere, maybe it’s best to reconsider the professionals.
Analyze your skill set before you start such a major project as DIY landscaping.
Find your style
Some people like to start with something and work as they go. However, if you want a project that looks complete and natural, you must be a bit of a visionary. Put together a plan and try to include all the aspects starting with the plants, their position, color, and season.
Also, don’t forget about the outdoor furniture – this is an important part of your garden and must fit in the landscape naturally. I know, some pieces can be really expensive, but if you are patient you can actually get quite a nice deal on the furniture you want but can’t quite afford.
The furniture you install in the garden must be in accordance with the garden’s overall purpose. For instance, if you want more relaxation than party time then some cute patio furniture would do the trick quite nicely.
Start with cleaning the place up
You might be surprised how much of a difference a good cleaning does. Cut overgrown plants and trees, remove clutter and throw away pieces you bought just because they were for sale. Anything that bothers the eye must be removed or trimmed.
Also, you can add a few borders and beds with flowers, a few climbing vines and maybe some pavement in areas where you walk a lot. All these will create order and the garden will start to look different. And all these won’t be too costly.
Maintain a simple style
It’s a good idea to go to yard sales looking for cool things for your garden. We love bird houses, gnomes, and bird fountains but not all in the same place. Look for simple objects like pots and stands that will help you develop your garden vertically.
You may think it’s a bit too simple, but the main idea behind a beautiful garden is harmony. You don’t need sumptuous arches and big ponds in order to have a beautiful garden. Even a DIY deck can be amazing if you frame it the right way. Keep it simple and try to keep the garden as organized as possible.