Toronto Do Yourself Landscaping Tips

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Introduction

If your landscaping project is on a tight budget, and want to do your own landscape this spring, there are many resources available for Toronto residents to make this process go smoothly. The city of Toronto offers resources as well as many garden centres at hardware and grocery stores.

Before Starting

Keep in mind that you don't have to do everything simultaneously. Break your process into steps according to seasons and the right timing for each part of the project. This also helps with your budget. Make a list of the different stages in your landscaping plan and that way you can prioritize which ones you want to take care of first.

When planning on making some changes to your landscape, you need to pay attention to existing structures before breaking ground. Make sure your landscaping plans will not disturb underground cables or sprinkler pipes. Call your city before digging to ensure underground lines won't be damaged.


Edging

For a nice update to your yard, consider re-edging rock beds or flower areas with soft curves. A curving bed offers a more contemporary look than the classic square and rectangular planting areas. Cutting your edges can be inexpensive and really improve the look of your flowers and lawn when you do so.

Edging is not only great for your yard in general, but as you implement your plans for landscaping, continue using edging as a technique to make everything stay very professional looking. Remember to edge any areas where grass and mulch meet.

Flowerbeds

When creating a flowerbed, cover the ground with mulch or other plant-based litter. Mulch helps your plants retain moisture that could be helpful if heat is a concern in the place where you reside. Mulch holds on to a reservoir of moisture and lets the plants use the water as they need it. Consider perennials as they will come back year after year.

Shrubs

Take the time to trim and shape your shrubs and bushes to give your yard a tended and well cared for look. There are many plants that can grow excessively like hollies, forsythia, and azaleas. Do not fear cutting them back severely. They will soon grow back better than ever.

Seeking Professional Help

If you plan on doing a major landscaping overhaul yourself, look into first talking it over with a professional landscaper or architect. Professionals can often provide tips that can save you time and money. Though an hour of professional consultation may cost upwards of $75, it has the potential to save you lots of money down the road.

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