Landscaping for New Construction Areas
We are in the process of building a new home and have a sloping front yard, and a wooded back yard. We were fortunate that when the bulldozing was done, several small trees were left standing. Aside from the enormous expense of a full-blown landscaping job, do you know of an easy, less-expensive way - possibly a step-by-step software program that might allow us to slowly do the landscaping ourselves? My general knowledge is very basic. Thank you!
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

I've reviewed lots of landscape software and have yet to be impressed by any of them. If a small ornamental tree looks best in spring flower and a shrub is best in its red fall color, those are the ways the programs portray them in the landscape. Yet in reality, the landscape will never look that way. The programs also don't account for different growth rates, so even the programs that can age the landscape don't show a real picture of what the landscape will look like. Hiring a landscape designer or landscape architect for $100 to $300 will give you an attractive, workable landscape plant that you can install yourselves over a period of years and probably save you money in mistakes. Alternatively, you can work with the website to see if any of our landscape plans might fit your application. We've got a terrific plant finder in the Plant Encyclopedia to help you choose plants. Click on 'Detailed Search' and you can search for trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers and vines based on criteria including your hardiness zone, size, color, bloom season, etc. There is information and a photo of each plant.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors