Do It Yourself-DIY- Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

A landscape which is designed properly is a source of enjoyment for the entire family, it enhances a community and adds to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

Some of its major goals include:
• Organizing and developing the site for maximum use and pleasure.
• Creating a visual relationship between the house and the site.
• Reducing landscape maintenance to a practical level.

People spend tremendous amounts of money landscaping their businesses, homes, streets, parks, schools, etc. Much of this money is wasted, however, because of little or no planning. People cannot understand how to landscape until they know why they landscape. There are several reasons why people landscape: some think it improves the appearance of their place; others like to grow plants; still others just want their place to look pretty. Too often these landscapes dominate rather than serve. Masses of plants or other materials in the landscape may take up a large portion of the space and leave little room for people.

So how does the designer arrange space so that people will find it useful, beautiful, meaningful and functional? His methods include:
• Observing and analyzing the habits of the people who will be using the space, including their needs, desires and how much space each of their activities requires.
• Studying past landscaping methods.
• Surveying available materials to solve design requirements.
• Analyzing the environment of the site including the view in and around the site. The ecology of the site should be carefully analyzed since it is important in determiningthe design.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Planning The Home Landscape………Page 3
The Base Plan………Page 5
Planning For Your Needs………Page 12
Studying The Site………Page 13
Landscaping Materials………Page 18
Placing Your Plants………Page 25
Choosing And Planting Your Plants………Page 27
Landscape Construction………Page 66
Terracing………Page 68
Backyard Ponds………Page 71
Landscaping For Energy Savings………Page 77