Simple Landscaping Ideas

Easy Ways to Landscape Your Yard Without Professional Help

Are you convinced your yard needs a makeover? Would a few simple landscaping ideas be enough to point you in the right direction? Sometimes, that is all the do-it-yourselfer needs: specific, easy-to-implement recommendations to inspire action.

From designing front, back, and side yards to how to start a garden from scratch, consult my resources providing simple landscaping ideas to learn ways to improve your yard. Each article presented below is just a starting point; follow the links within the...MORE articles to access more detailed information on each topic. If you would like to skip right to a link to resources with pictures, scroll down to section 5 below.

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    Nice grass (image) is beautiful but a lot of work. The hydrangea backdrop adds to the scene.
    Nice grass is beautiful to look at but a lot of work, in the form of up-keep. David Beaulieu

    These 10 simple landscaping ideas will show homeowners how to improve the most visible section of their properties: namely, their front yards. You will find information on the following topics in this article:

    1. Privacy
    2. Fences and hedges
    3. Driveways
    4. Walkways
    5. Front entries
    6. Landscape design styles
    7. Lawns
    8. Injecting color into the yard with flowers
    9. How to choose a tree
    10. Designing with focal points
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    Masonry pool deck picture.
    Masonry pool deck picture. Belgard Hardscapes

    We do not all use our backyards in the same ways. The following examples are not mutually exclusive, but they do give some idea of how many purposes the backyard can serve:

    • As a children's play area
    • As a pet's outdoor residence
    • As an al fresco dining area as part of an outdoor kitchen
    • For hosting parties
    • As a peaceful haven cut off from the noise of the outside world so that you can enjoy backyard fun at your leisure
    • For athletic pursuits ranging from swimming to tennis
    • For growing vegetables
    • Fo...MOREr growing and marveling at perennial flowers
    • For attracting wildlife and observing it (for example, hummingbirds and other wild birds, or butterflies)

    In this article I present a variety of simple landscaping ideas for backyard makeovers. Regardless of your tastes, every homeowner will find useful information in this resource.

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    Climbing roses are nice over archways. The climbing roses in this picture are light pink in color.
    Picture: climbing rose over arbor in side yard. David Beaulieu

    Most people have a pretty good idea of what they want their front yard and backyard to look like. But what about side yards? These Rodney Dangerfields of the landscape are often neglected, because homeowners simply don't know what to do with them. The simple landscaping ideas laid out in this article cut to the heart of the issue, presenting the basic choices available to you for side-yard designs.

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    At this stage of the project, it's time to play 'sodbuster.'
    At this stage of the project, it's time to play 'sodbuster.'. David Beaulieu

    Any portion of the yard can be home to a garden. Flower gardens are still more common in front yards than vegetable gardens, but the latter are gaining in popularity even in this, the most visible area of the yard.

    Regardless of the type of garden you desire or its location, beginners will need some help learning how to open up a plot of land and establish a garden there. Consult this piece for information on everything from a simple way to remove sod to making astute plant selections for your new...MORE garden.

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    Photo of fence with varying board heights.
    Photo of fence with varying board heights. David Beaulieu

    Did you fail to find what you were looking for in the information above? I suggest browsing this collection of photo galleries, comprised of some of the most popular pieces I've published over the years targeted to beginners. Afterwards, if you still haven't found the information you need, add me as a friend on Facebook, and, after I accept your request, you can post about what type of information you are looking for on my timeline. I will then point you to an article (if one exists)...MORE that can help you.