DIY landscaping projects range from building walkways to creating water features. Homeowners seeking a helping hand can follow the instructions in the resources below, which feature popular DIY landscaping projects. Because safety should always be of paramount concern, especially when working with power equipment, you will also find a "Home Safety Tips" article in the "Outdoor Living" section below.
01 of 09
Why do we divide our indoor living spaces into separate rooms? The need for privacy is part of the reason. But also consider that a component suited to installation in a kitchen, for instance, might be out of place in a bedroom. The same is true for outdoor living spaces. A swimming pool area, for example, should be tailored to the activity it will see; your needs in that space are quite different than, say, your needs in a garden area. Learn how to create outdoor rooms, as well as how to stay... safe while undertaking such DIY landscaping projects. Discover ways to achieve curb appeal and privacy in your outdoor living, plus how to decorate for the holidays. Tips on all of these projects and more can be found in the following articles:
- Make Your Front Yard the Envy of the Neighborhood!
- Create a Backyard Sanctuary, Party Mecca
- Don't Forget the Side Yard!
- The Property Line: Explore Your Options
- Types of Wood Fences
- Shrubs for Privacy "Fences"
- Landscaping for Swimming Pools
- Home Safety Tips
- Outdoor Halloween Decorations
- Harvest-Themed Decorations for Fall
02 of 09
Water features are not only visually appealing, but also emit soothing sounds. Using pre-formed liners, durable pumps and flexible tubing, they are also easier to install than you think. Once you have experimented with ponds, you may even decide to advance to the next level: simple waterfalls. Either way, install water-loving plants around your water features to further their visual appeal. Rock gardens, by contrast, are usually planted with vegetation that thrives in drier conditions. If... neither water gardens nor rock gardens suit you, see "How to Plant Flower Beds" below, for instructions on planting a generic bed:
- Install an Elegant Stone Fountain
- Keep Bambi From Decimating Your Rock Garden
- Make Your Yard "Pop" With a Stunning Fountain
- Simple Steps for Creating a Rock Garden
- How to Plant Flower Beds
- So You Want to Build a Rock Garden?
- How to Build Simple Waterfalls
- How to Edge Planting Beds With a Mower Strip
- Installing Landscape Timbers for Edging
- Create a Colorful Flower Border
03 of 09
DIY landscaping projects can greatly enhance your enjoyment of your yard. Features such as patios and walkways can add not only beauty, but also functionality to your landscape. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the resources below to learn about building simple patios and walkways:
04 of 09
Like patios and walkways, these "hardscape" elements bring structure to your landscaping. Traditionally made of wood, decks, fences and arbors are now sometimes composed of other materials. Composite wood is an option to consider for decking and deck railings, while vinyl fences and arbors have become very common. The instructions and tips discussed in the resources below will introduce beginners to some of the issues involved in installing decks, fences and arbors in the landscape:Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Building large retaining walls is not considered a DIY project. If you need a tall wall, chances are you have an erosion problem just waiting to happen and need to call on a professional. By contrast, simple terracing jobs are excellent DIY landscaping projects for beginners. After building small stone retaining walls, you can plant behind them, as you would for a raised bed. Speaking of raised beds, find out how to build a couple of types that could come in especially handy for urban... landscaping, where no garden space, per se, exists:
06 of 09
Chances are your attitude toward pests will be similar to your attitude toward weeds. For some, the latter are deemed merely "wild plants" and tolerated in the yard; likewise, "pests" are enjoyed as "wildlife" and the damage they cause accepted as part of nature. But for those who shun such a laissez-faire approach to landscaping, the resources below on pest control will provide some handy tips. Deer (and the ticks they bring) are a major pest in some regions. But you can... stay organic and humane, while still keeping the deer at bay, by using fencing or restricting yourself to deer-resistant plants, such as lavender:
07 of 09
Drainage problems can be a real drain on your time and energy. Solving drainage problems sounds easy, in theory: Find out where the excess water is coming from and why gravity is not enough, in this case, to send it on its merry way. Then take the necessary steps to channel it away. In practice, it is not that easy and, if none of the tips below work for you, you will need to call a pro. When dealing with erosion problems, the source, at least, may be a bit easier to figure out, although the... solution, in extreme cases, will not necessarily be any easier. In minor cases, start with black plastic mulch and juniper groundcovers. Yet another soil problem for some is an acidic pH:
08 of 09
The following are some introductory resources you may wish to use if you are starting from scratch, as a beginner. Whether you want to get down and dirty right away or have landscape design concepts explained to you, there's something here for everyone. Learn which plants perform well in shade (such as bleeding heart, shown in the photo) and more:Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Some tasks are too dangerous to be considered DIY landscaping projects. In other cases, you may lack the time, energy or skills required to do the job. There is a lot to be said for knowing when to call the pros -- assuming, of course, you have the money to pay for their work. Just remember that, sometimes, in order to avoid costly property damage (for example, from falling trees, or from drainage or erosion problems) later, it makes good financial sense to call in a pro before a problem gets... worse. Then there are cases where calling in a pro simply allows you to avoid backbreaking work (for example, hiring a stump grinder rather than digging out a stump yourself). But calling in a pro does not mean turning over responsibility: Always do some research first, to be as informed as possible: