If the idea of landscaping intimidates you, you’re not alone. Fortunately, if you develop a plan and execute it correctly, your landscaping efforts will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Here’s what you need to know before you dive in. 

1. Safety comes first.
If you recently purchased your home, examine the yard carefully. Pick up trash with thick gloves, and use a magnetic stick to pick up any fallen tools or debris. To avoid any digging catastrophes, contact your utility companies so they can mark where buried lines exist.

2. Start with the basics first.
If you have an intricate garden design in mind, that’s wonderful! However, don’t try to tackle everything all at once. Start with a few trees and a small garden. You can add more later.

3. Get rid of weeds.
Before you jump into your landscaping journey, get rid of weeds that could be detrimental to your new yard. Digging is the safest option, since chemicals can kill “good” grass.

4. Start over, if necessary.
If your yard contains more weeds than grass, start over with new turf. In order to get rid of the old grass, dig, smother, or use an herbicide.

5. Get help from an expert.
If all of this sounds too overwhelming, hire an expert to clear out your yard. Even if you plan on doing most of the landscaping yourself, a professional can mow, edge, fertilize, and treat your yard to make the project more manageable. There’s no shame in asking for assistance!