Q: I want a beautiful yard, but don’t have much time to tend to it. Do I have any options?
A: You can have a low maintenance landscape, with minimal upkeep, which should provide you with your ideal landscape dreams, while not taking a lot of time.
If you want to learn more about low maintenance landscaping, check out the Guide to Planning a Low Maintenance Landscape
Q: Landscaping is expensive! Is there any way to landscape my yard without breaking my bank?
A: The easiest way to save money with landscaping is to do it all yourself, where instead of money you invest sweat equity. A landscape built upon sweat equity is one in which the DIYer can be proud. The first step to landscaping on your own is to understand landscape design principles, and properly plan your layout.
Check out: 5 Do It Yourself Landscaping Design Ideas to learn more
Q: I have areas in my yard that are covered in shade and struggle to grow plants. Do I have any options?
A: Starting a shade garden is probably your only option. It starts as simply as choosing plants that grow in low light, like some ferns or ground covers, or there are many other options. Don’t be discouraged, just start slow and plan accordingly.
Check Out: Shade Grass Growing Tips if you want to grow grass instead
Q: I live in Zone 5 and my landscape looks barren during the cold seasons, what are my options?
A: Well, you could do a few different things to brighten up your winter landscape. You might try some evergreens, which come as shrubs, trees or climbers, or look into some winter friendly bushes, or consider going for some berry bushes that can add some real winter color. Another way to add some great interest to your winter landscape, is to use the bark of the trees you plant to add interest, so check out our guide to winter bark for interesting recommendations.
Q: I have a small yard, is there anything I can do to make it look bigger?
A small yard doesn’t mean you can’t have lavish landscaping, it simply means you have to get creative with your landscaping options.
- Containers are a great way to add depth and variety to a small yard, check out this post to learn more about them.
- Accent lighting around the yard will add some serious depth for your small yard, learn about landscaping lighting here.