Landscaping can make the difference between a boring dull space and a beautiful one that is visually appealing. Every homeowner with a garden or even just a back yard should learn a bit about landscaping and put in some time to enhancing that space so that it gives them a pleasurable and aesthetically pleasing experience when they are relaxing at home, particularly in the summer months.

Purchase what you need in different stages. It can be very expensive to buy everything at one time. Plan your landscaping project out carefully and always keep it all within your set budget. Don't go out and buy anything until you have your plan totally laid out and every aspect costed out accurately. You can do quite a lot of research on the internet and a quick visit to somewhere like B&Q or Homebase. You will get quite a lot of ideas from there and your local garden centre, of course.

Shady spots under trees can prove to be problematic places to plant flowers sometimes depending on what kind of plants you have chosen. You may want to consider using ground cover instead.  You need to find out all about properly layering your flower beds with the shortest plants at the front and the tallest at the back, this will definitely look the most appealing.

Landscaper with spade

It's definitely worth the expense of hiring a professional landscape designer to look over your property and give you their opinion at least as it could give you fresh ideas and possibly save you money in the future as well. Even if all you can afford is an hour or even 30 minutes of their time it can be worth it in the long run.

Try to keep an open mind when you are visualising your landscaping project and look out for good deals on landscaping materials, different cities and districts have varying availability and prices on certain stones, gravel and other building materials that might sway you in an unexpected direction as a result.

Beware of landscapers quoting you for a job when it seems amazingly reasonable, make sure you get that quotation in writing before agreeing to let them do the work. It is a well known tactic of some unscrupulous landscapers to end up charging substantially over their initial quotation once the job is completed.

It is vital that you are familiar with the requirements of all of the plants you intend to put in, carefully selecting the best place for each one and ensuring you can reach the ones that need the most care easily, it’s also worth knowing when you can expect them to flower so that you can plan it out so that you have flowers blooming at different times.

A great place to start your research is your local garden center, where you will see lots of plants you will want but you will need to make sure they have just the right location to be able to thrive.

Make sure you allow for maintenance costs throughout the year as these costs can be quite significant and you don't want your beautifully landscaped garden going to rack and ruin from under- maintenance.

If you intend to have a pool look into the maintenance costs per year as well as the initial installation. Pools can be expensive to run and if you want to sell your house in the future a pool can put off buyers with young children due to the safety considerations.

Use an edger on your beds if you want your lawn to look well taken care of. And include the costs of feeding and regularly mowing and trimming your lawns into your budget. Sound landscape design is a vital part of every beautiful home and it can help to increase the value as well. It is worth making the most of the space that you have and it will give you a lot of pleasure in the future.