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Landscaping from Scratch

Sometimes you just need to revamp your yard and dig everything to start from scratch. Gardening expert, Owen Reeves, shares advice on how to create an entirely new landscape design.

Find Inspiration

Take a walk through a nice neighbourhood and if you see something you like snap a picture!

Visit Websites

Websites like Pinterest, Houzz or ones belonging to landscape design/building companies often have a photo portfolio of projects. Find a contractor with a good website and browse through for ideas and design styles.

Set a Budget

Like any home reno, you need to think about how much you have to spend. Outdoor spaces are big, and costs can increase quickly, especially if you're planning on using a contractor. If you're planning on doing a full-scale front and back design for a suburban home, expect to spend around 10% of the value of your house. Urban spaces or houses with smaller lots can expect to spend less. If you're planning adding a pool or outdoor living room, that number will jump.


For smallish projects, you can find digital tools that will help you design a space yourself.  The iScape app is a photo-based is a handy tool for anyone planning to re-do their outdoor space. It allows you to take a photo of the area and superimpose garden beds, walkways, decks and plants on top of the photo to give you a visual sense of how your space could look.  

Many garden centers offer simple landscape designs for a nominal fee. Landscape coaching is often available where a designer comes out to your house and consults with you on how to design the space. Incentives are usually offered if you then purchase the material from that store, which can be great for DIY-ers.

Prioritize your Work

Use your budget to determine your scope of work, and keep in mind that expenses can be spread over multiple years. Unlike redesigning your kitchen where everything needs to be done at once (you can't put new cabinets in one year and the counter the next), when it comes to your landscape, you can split the project into different phases to spread the cost out.

Keep in mind that you need to build your hardscape (decks, fences, walkways, etc…) first and your softscape (lawn or gardens) last. Except for very handy DIY-ers, hardscaping should be done by a contractor. With a little helpful advice, softscaping is very approachable for anyone who doesn't mind getting dirty.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

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