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Simple Ways to Landscape Your Yard

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Are you convinced your yard needs a makeover? Would a few simple landscaping ideas be enough to point you in the right direction? Sometimes, that's all the DIYer needs: specific, easy-to-implement recommendations to inspire action.

From designing front, back and side yards to how to start a garden, consult my simple landscaping ideas to learn ways to improve your yard. Each article presented below is just a starting point; follow the links within the articles to access more detailed information on each topic. If you'd like to skip right to the pictures, scroll down to section 5.

1. Front-Yard Landscaping Ideas

Picture showing a symmetrical landscape design for a front entry.
David Beaulieu

These 10 simple landscaping ideas will show homeowners how to improve the most visible section of their properties: their front yards. You'll find information on the following topics in this article:

  1. Privacy
  2. Fences and hedges
  3. Driveways
  4. Walkways
  5. Front entries
  6. Landscape design styles
  7. Lawns
  8. Injecting color into the yard with flowers
  9. How to choose a tree
  10. Designing with focal points

2. Backyard Landscaping Design

Masonry pool deck picture.
Belgard Hardscapes

We don't all use our backyards in the same ways. The following examples aren't mutually exclusive, but they do give some idea of how many purposes the backyard can serve:

  • As a children's play area
  • As a pet's outdoor residence
  • As an al fresco dining area
  • For hosting parties
  • As a peaceful haven cut off from the noise of the outside world
  • For athletic pursuits ranging from swimming to tennis
  • For growing vegetables
  • For growing flowers

In this article I present a variety of simple landscaping ideas for backyard makeovers. Regardless of your tastes, every homeowner will find useful information in this resource.

3. Simple Landscaping Ideas for Side Yards

Climbing roses are nice over archways. The climbing roses in this picture are light pink in color.
David Beaulieu

Most people have a pretty good idea of what they want their front yard and backyard to look like. But what about side yards? These Rodney Dangerfields of the landscape are often neglected, because homeowners simply don't know what to do with them. The simple landscaping ideas laid out in this article cut to the heart of the issue, presenting the basic choices available to you for side-yard designs.

4. How to Start a Garden

At this stage of the project, it's time to play 'sodbuster.'
David Beaulieu

Any portion of the yard can be home to a garden. Flower gardens are still more common in front yards than vegetable gardens, but the latter are gaining in popularity even in this, the most visible area of the yard.

Regardless of the type of garden you desire or its location, beginners will need some help learning how to open up a plot of land and establish a garden there. Consult this piece for information on everything from a simple way to remove sod to making astute plant selections for your new garden.

5. Pictures

Photo of fence with varying board heights.
David Beaulieu
Didn't find what you were looking for in the information above? I suggest browsing this collection of articles and photo galleries, comprised of some of the most popular pieces I've published over the years targeted to beginners. Afterwards, if you still haven't found the information you need, just post a message to that effect in my Landscaping Forum and I'll point you to an article (if one exists) that can help you.

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