Make a great first impression with your outdoor areas. HGTVRemodels’ Landscaping Planning Guide walks you through the basics, including how to assess your needs, set goals, find inspiration and design ideas, and choose the right products.

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The Benefits of Good Landscaping

Whether it’s the front yard or a backyard patio, a beautiful outdoor area increases your property value and personal enjoyment. Learn the steps to a successful landscaping project. Define Your Priorities

Section 1: Getting Started on a Landscaping Renovation

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A well-maintained lawn gives your home a welcoming feel and added value. When thinking about landscaping, consider important factors like your home’s architectural style and zoning laws.

Section 2: Planning Your Outdoor Spaces

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Start by evaluating the current site, noting features that you’d like to add and what activities you envision taking place in the space.

Section 3: Developing a Landscaping Master Plan

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Create rough sketches, deciding where to put what and the proportion of one space to another. Evolve these drafts into a detailed plan that you’ll use as a road map for your design.

Section 4: Choosing the Right Materials

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Now that you have a well-thought-out plan for your outdoor space, shop for materials that will complete your design and enhance the look, from the plants to the cobblestone to the lighting fixtures.

Section 5: Getting the Project Done

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One of the biggest decisions for a landscaping project is whether to hire a landscape architect, landscape designer or landscape contractor. Know which professional will work best for your project.