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In Home Landscaping, Start With the Most Urgent

If your lot sits soaking in water after every heavy rain, you have a drainage problem and it’s best to solve it before remodelling it. Source:

You’ve decided to do much of your landscaping yourself, step by step? Bravo! That’s perfectly feasible and will give you wonderful results. However, where do you start?

It’s up to you, of course, but it’s usually wisest to solve any major problems first, even if they don’t immediately improve the beauty of your lot, before adding the frills that will give the landscaping your own personal touch.

So, think over what concerns you the most: poor drainage, slippery or crooked steps, a slope too steep for safe mowing, etc. and fix those problems before you really do give your living space the full beauty makeover it deserves!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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