1. Budget and Plan
Before you even step foot in your yard, do a little research. Browse Pinterest or other online sources to get some ideas and find landscape designs that you like. If there are any particular plants that you want to use, learn a little about how they grow best. Each plant has different needs when it comes to water, sunlight, type of soil, etc., so you want to choose plants that will work well with the environment that you will be planting them in. Also, do some research on plants that are native to the area you live in. Plants that grow naturally in the area will be a lot easier for you to maintain. It’s also a good idea to write down the measurements of the area you will be landscaping and do a hand drawing of your plan in order to help you know how much you will need of everything once you get to the store.
In addition to creating a plan, set a budget. Landscaping can get expensive very quickly if you’re not careful, so make sure you set a budget that matches your vision. Once you’ve chosen the plants that you would like to use, check out the website of the store you will be purchasing from to make sure that everything you want fits into your budget. If there’s something that you really like, but it’s just too expensive, try to find something with a similar look at a more affordable price point. In addition, shop around a bit. Prices may vary from store to store, so make sure you find the best price!