Creating a Professional Backyard Landscape

You can achieve a stunning landscape by creating a focal point and planning carefully. Landscape architect Maureen Smith shares simple steps on how to create a professional backyard landscape.

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Make a Landscape Plan

Once you have chosen a focal point, make a landscape plan using drafting software or paper. Draw the hardscape features first, then think about the style — do you want jungle-like landscaping, formal gardens or a minimalist look with pebbles and a few specimen plants?

As you draw your layout, note the specific plants you intend to use. Consider how much sun each area gets and research which species thrive in your hardiness zone. Drive around your neighborhood for ideas. A shrub that is thriving in a sunny spot in your neighbor's yard will likely do well in a sunny spot in your yard.

If you are unsure of which plants to use, consider hiring a professional landscape architect to draw up your plan. You can still do the actual landscaping yourself.

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