What do you need to know before starting a landscaping project?
Read on for tips about gardening, structures, lighting and more.
If you have a freestanding home, even on a city lot, there’s probably dirt around it that benefits from plantings, lawns, or garden features. What you do with the space around your house depends not only on what you want, but also on your climate. You won’t get desert plants to grow in Seattle’s wet climate, and you won’t get tender southern varieties to thrive in New England.

It’s possible all your landscape needs in order to thrive is a good cleanup and some well-directed pruning. With a new home, you have a blank palette to plant however you wish. In both cases though, unless you’re an accomplished gardener, it’s a good idea to consult a designer or landscape architect to help you develop a plan.

You might also consider hiring a professional landscaper to do the work for you, or at least to take care of any parts of it that require expertise and equipment you may not have.