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Five Ways to Find Landscaping Ideas

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist

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Landscaping Ideas

Not everyone is born with a green thumb. When faced with an empty space that needs landscaping, it's hard to know where to go for ideas. Here are five tips on how to get some great ideas for landscaping your garden.

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Make a Landscaping Wish List

Even if you have never tended a garden before, it's probably a given that you've fantasized about them. What have you envisioned? Write your wishes down, even if they're completely outlandish (no harm in dreaming.)

A garden should bring you personal joy and if it includes characteristics you always cherished, having a garden is sure to be a rewarding experience. The bigger ticket landscaping ideas on your wish list, like a pool or a greenhouse, can be goals for the future and help you design the landscaping today.

Look at Your Neighbors Gardens

Snooping is always a little fun. Take the time to tour your neighborhood and see what other folks with similar layouts have come up with. If people are out working in their gardens and they seem friendly enough, ask them directly what they did and why. It's a great way meet your neighbors, too.

Talk to Local Garden Merchants

Every community and region has its quirks. A certain kind of grass may be perfectly suited to the area, or your neighborhood may have very specific landscaping guidelines. Garden store merchants, or even hardware store clerks, are usually willing to talk and recommend what other people are buying for their gardens and landscaping.

Landscaping Online

The Internet is a great way to find more landscaping ideas. Granted, many of the websites that come up on search engines like Google or Yahoo are commercial enterprises that are selling you something. Try chat rooms as an alternative. There are many websites, some of them focusing on local areas, where gardening enthusiasts trade ideas, including thoughts on landscaping.

Find Ideas in Magazines

There are many home and gardening magazines at your local bookseller or newsstand. These magazines are almost always filled with various examples of garden landscaping, including the latest developments and trends. Spend an afternoon with a stack of magazines and a nice cappuccino while stimulating your mind with landscaping ideas.

About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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