Do-It-Yourself Landscaping 101

Do-It-Yourself Landscaping 101

diy-landscapingLandscaping and gardening are tasks that many people don’t realize they can do themselves.

Today’s post is for all the people spending too much money for gardening services – it’s time to sever the ties to those wasteful costs and do it yourself.

This article will teach you the basics of caring for your own garden including tools you should have and tips you should know.


Round-Mouth Shovel

Your typical shovel will be your bread and butter for your yard. This might seem a little obvious, but many people underestimate the true value of these powerhouses.

Most gardening projects require some sort of digging and these round-mouth shovels are perfect for that. Their rounded blade is best for cutting into surfaces – a task that can be daunting if you have tough soil that hasn’t been touched in a while.

Square-Mouth Shovel

This shovel will become your best friend as a DIY landscaper. The blade on this shovel is wide and raised at the edges, making it great for lifting large loads. The raised edges are especially good for handling large amounts of loose dirt or cement.

These shovels range in price and quality – there is one to fit any budget. However, some of the nicer models will have a foam or rubber grip that is ideal for comfort.

D-Shape Handled Tools

Using shovels and rakes can be very hard on your body, which is another reason why many people outsource the work. You can easily reduce the impact your body takes from your yard work by choosing D-shaped handles for your tools and shovels.

These handles are made so that when you are working with hard ground, your hands can slide down the sides of the tool slightly. This reduces your risk of injury and can make your job much easier.

DIY Tips

Repeat Effectively

Repetition is a very pleasing look for the human eye, it guides a gaze along a path. For this reason, it is always wise to implement repetition into the arrangement of your plants. Using pockets of color along a path or flower bed will catch any passerby’s eye and make your yard stand out from the rest. You can organize your repetition by plant type, or for a bolder look, organize it with pockets of color.

Bright Color Accents

Landscaping and gardening goes beyond plants and dirt. Patio furniture, fountains and your home’s exterior can all fall into the “Landscaping” category. If the majority of your plants are similar shades, add a pop of vibrant color in your yard accessories.

For example, if your plants are varying shades of green and blue, a bright red front door can set off the look nicely. Drawing attention to your yard will not only show it off, but add value to your home.

Low Maintenance

Although buying plants and getting them in the ground may seem like a hassle at first, it will save you time in the end.

Flowers, greens and shrubs require much less maintenance than grass. Expanding your flower beds to cover as much of your yard as possible will give you more time in the long run to sit back and enjoy the view of your beautiful landscaping job.

If you plan to add landscape lighting to your yard, consider using solar powered lights. Obviously this will save on your power bill and you don’t have to fuss with wiring.


Being self-sufficient is always something we should strive for. In this day and age we have so many gadgets and helpers that accomplish our daily tasks. There was a time when each person relied solely on themselves to get things done, like landscaping.

Tap into your creative side and make your living area into something you can be proud of.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of everything you could possibly need to get started with your own landscaping and gardening, however, it is a good list to get you going. There will be other tools and lawn equipment parts that you might want as you become more of an expert in your yard.

Do you have a tool that you use most in your yard that you feel belongs on this list for beginners? Do you have a secret tip that could help new landscapers? Share your knowledge in the comments below!

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