The buzz at DIY Network is growing today as we anticipate America’s Most Desperate Landscape 2013. When it airs tonight on DIY Network, Jason Cameron and his powerhouse team will transform a neighborhood eyesore in Escondido, California.
But what if you don’t have Jason showing up at your door with a crew of world-class landscape specialists? I’ve got good news: if you have even a modest budget and can provide your own labor, you are well on your way to a landscape that neighbors will envy.
One of my favorite photo galleries on the site right now breaks down the essential steps to landscape design.
“But Watson,” I can hear you saying to me through your computer screen, “landscape design sounds hard, where am I supposed to start?” The front yard.
“Okay fine,” you continue, “what do I do with the plants?” You start with hardscape first, then move to softscape (also called plants).
“Sounds good, but I don’t even know where to put a patio.” So use orange paint to lay out your vision! Like this guy.
“Okay, but isn’t this DIY Network’s design?” you ask. “I want a landscape that says ‘me’.” Sure, accessories like garden art, gates, statues, birdhouses and found objects are just a few things that can channel your personality. Just check out these water features.
Seriously, if you act on the advice in the advice here, you can call yourself a landscape designer when you’re done. (Well, not really, but at least you can tell the neighbors that as you’re laying out your front yard.) I’m not saying it’ll be inexpensive or easy, but if you want your dream landscape, it’s an ideal place to start.
Even better, we’ve got tons of inspiration in the Landscape Design feature on the site. Choose your favorite garden style like Asian or Cottage, then find your favorite paths or walkways and ponds or water gardens. There’s even advice for tackling a sloped or shady backyard.
“But Watson …” you begin again, and I stop you right there. Yes, you can be your own landscape designer. You just need to get started!