The way a homeowner designs their landscape tells you a lot about them as a person. For many people, their yard is last on their home’s to-do list— while for others, it’s their favorite thing to design and keep in tip-top shape. Here are some things to consider when starting a landscaping project.


Know your plants. If you are getting landscaping done, you need to know the differences between annuals, perennials, as well as which kind of plants survive and thrive in different geographical areas and climates. It’s also important to remember your seasons as well.


Consider why exactly you’re looking to landscape your yard before beginning your project. Is it for aesthetic purposes? Are looking for extra privacy? Are you trying to reduce the overall maintenance of your property? Answering these questions can help you to choose the right variety of plants to make your landscaping project easier to complete.


Think about water requirements. If you reside in an area that doesn’t get much rain, try using plants that don’t require a lot of water. Grass requires much more water than every other type of plant, so consider replacing your lawn with wood chips, gravel, or some other type of ground cover that is ideal for high drought areas.


Mix up the variety of plants to your landscaping plans. This protects you in the case of disease or aggressive insects. If your plants are varied, they won’t all be prone to those same harmful agents. The health of plants in an ecosystem is dependent on diversity.