So you’re thinking of starting a landscaping project. Where to begin, you may ask? There are many aspects to landscaping, so keep reading to learn the basics for when you’re just starting out.

It is important to begin your landscaping process with a list of what you want your space to include, and then to get an idea of how you plan on laying everything out with the space you have to work with. For example, you’ll probably want to layout most of the furniture where the sun hits most of the day and keep the firepit mostly where the wind does not hit. Once you know where you want everything to go and you have an image in your head to inspire the process, it is best to start small with the easily manageable tasks first and be open to change as you go.

Buying pricey soil may be thought of as the first step to landscaping, but a better idea would be to use homemade compost. This is because, not only will it save you money, but compost is much denser in nutrition for your plants to grow in.

Once you’re ready to start plating, it’s best to start out with small shrubs and flowers.

A nice addition to a well-landscaped yard are stepping stones. You can make these yourself with some quick-setting cement.

Some extra additions that add a lot to the aesthetics of your landscaping efforts may include a fountain, a trellis, a dining space, mood lighting, and even a firepit.

Landscaping can get pricey, but with the right preparation and knowledge to DIY a lot of the smaller projects that go into landscaping, lots of money can be saved. A few last things should be considered when taking on a landscaping project: budget, style, types of plants to use that grow best in your climate, getting rid of pests, and implementing a drainage system.