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DIY landscaping is one of the most popular trends among lawn-savvy homeowners, but it can be difficult to discern how best to manage your time and money. At Restoration Landscape Company in Athens, GA, we know the tips and tricks to maximize efficiency in landscaping. 

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some of our top insider recommendations. Read on to learn how you can beautify your lawn without breaking a sweat or chipping a nail.

Save Time with Tarps

If you’re not using a tarp to move heavy or voluminous yard waste like leaves and dirt, you certainly should be! Tarps are an efficient and effective way to move large loads of debris without exerting too much time or taking too many trips to and from the waste bin. The functionality doesn’t stop there, though—when transporting fragile plants or pottery, a tarp makes a great protective covering for truck beds and flowerbeds alike.

Get Edgy

Rather than placing metal or plastic edging in your garden and flowerbeds, you can make a natural edge. Not only does this create a more aesthetically pleasing look for the landscaped area, but it’s much easier to shift and modify if you need to tweak the layout in the future.

First Thing’s Fertilizer

Before you plant anything, be sure to have a starter fertilizer handy. Whether it’s for a soon-to-be sodded lawn or a vegetable garden, you’ll want the extra boost for your future sproutlings. Look for a fertilizer that has low nitrogen levels and higher phosphorus concentrations; the nitrogen is related to soil acidity, whereas phosphorus improves the health and procession of plant cell development. 

In addition to proper nitrogen-phosphorus ratios in your fertilizer, you’ll ideally want to find one blended with fungi as well, since the roots of the plant will rely heavily on the mycorrhizal association between its rhizosphere (root system) and the natural benefits of the fungi. 

We also recommend that you get your soil tested if you’re not sure what nutrients it needs. Most local and state universities with a horticulture or agricultural program will prove these services at reasonable prices.

Keep Tools Top-of-the-Line

High quality gardening tools may be a bit pricier, but they are one of the best investments you can make if you plan to engage in DIY landscaping for the foreseeable future. If you think you’re saving money by buying cheap tools, consider the fact that they might break and need replacements sooner and more frequently than their high-end counterparts. In the long run, cheaper tools can actually be more expensive reliable-quality varieties. 

Mow With the Flow

When you’re designing the layout of your landscape, be sure to keep plants and flowers in well-mulched islands and separate sections of the yard. That way, when it comes time to mow, you won’t be trying to finagle your trimmer around individual plants. This will save you time and effort—and fewer hours spent mowing means more daylight can be dedicated to growing.

Plan Ahead

Break up your landscaping objectives into small, manageable, and measurable projects. Sketch them out and write out a game plan for how you’ll execute the tasks, as well as how you can complete them while staying in budget. Failure to plan ahead means you could make costly or time-consuming mistakes, so it’s better to work in phases and know what you want to achieve before you cast a seed.

Buy in Bulk

When it comes to landscaping and planting, it’s much better to have too much product to work with than too little. During your shopping trips to the nursery or home improvement store, be sure to buy enough of the plants you want, as well as adequate amounts of soil and mulch. If you skimp or under-buy, you might be disappointed to find out when you return to the nursery that your desired plant varietal or soil type is sold out.


We hope this article will help DIY landscapers get started on their next springtime project. In the meantime, if you have any questions or are curious about hiring professional help for beautifying your lawn, please contact Restoration Landscape Company. We serve the Athens, Georgia, area with expert services in landscaping, lawn care, planting, sodding, and so much more. 

Thank you for reading, and happy planting!