Choosing Landscaping Materials

Learn how to shop for plants, patio pavers and other items you need to redo your outdoor space.


Before you shop for plants and choose the material for your landscaping project, make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your renovation. You should identify goals and priorities, with the help of your Landscaping Priorities Questionnaire. You also should have a clear vision of what your new landscaping will look like, after doing a site analysis and creating a design plan.

Next, drill down to the details of your landscaping remodel. It's best to choose all of the materials and plants before the project begins. That way, you will have a truly realistic idea of how much the project will cost.

With your goals, design plan and budget in mind, consider all of the possibilities you can include in your landscaping and focus on choices that meet your needs. Review these articles for tips and advice:

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