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Landscaping Ideas for New Homeowners

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Landscaping consists of two key activities: maintenance and planting. Both of these are subject to seasons and the weather, which is sometimes unseasonal. While keeping an eye on how the sun moves around your yard during the day, start a list of landscaping ideas you like and don’t like, as well as what maintenance or cleaning up needs to be done right away.

Landscaping Ideas for New Homeowners

Clean up

Look for diseased and dying trees and shrubs as they will need to be removed. Check for anything like broken limbs about to fall and debris in flower beds. Also, look for signs of pests and infestations. Check for overhanging branches brushing against your home and gutters, as well as those that are crossing your property boundary lines. Look for dying roots and ways the roots of big trees are impacting the driveway, pathways, and sidewalks.

Be neighborly

The neighbors will be a fountain of information about weather patterns, sun movement, plants that work well, and where to plant them. They will also be able to advise you about boundary lines. Check with the neighbors to examine if any of your or their trees and shrubs are encroaching. Make friends with the local nursery owner and tap into their local expertise for trendy landscaping ideas.

Add and Subtract

Your landscaping ideas may only require the addition of plants and color. In other cases, it might need a complete garden design makeover. If so, treat the outdoor space as a blank canvas. Plan how you want it to look and how you will achieve that look when the budget allows. It is important to have a master design in mind instead of piecemeal, patchwork solutions. Everything we need should be built towards a common vision with the goal of creating a soothing and relaxing environment that is easy on the eye. Figure out where to put a fire pit, outdoor dining area, hot tub, and swimming pool if those are on your wish list.


Opt for more privacy and seclusion by planting trees and taller shrubs. Add instant value to your new home by adding curb appeal to your front yard landscaping. This can be done by positioning rocks, paving stones, and low maintenance decorative grasses, interspersed with some color. Create a shaded area by planting a tall and fully grown tree. Spruce up the wash-line area with low-maintenance plants in large pots.

In larger gardens with lots of shrubs and trees, create pathways by placing pavers casually to give the impression that the path leads somewhere mysterious. Depending on if there is a patio, add a deck. Even in a small backyard, a deck is a great place for a barbecue. An overhanging deck umbrella is also an attractive accessory. Explore the options for a treehouse, even if it is only a few feet off the ground.


Money doesn’t grow on trees, so start with safety first. Discover landscaping ideas ideal for your home, set a budget, and stick to it. Unless you have a money tree.

Additional Reading: Hot Backyard Design Ideas to Try Now (HGTV)

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