You do not need to spend a fortune making your garden look beautiful. Follow these landscaping tips and your yard will be admired and appreciated by all. Start by drawing up your plans of how you want the garden to look based on the layout of your home. Consider where the sun is at various times of the day in relation to the walls and foundations of your house, and any trees or other structures in and around the neighborhood which may affect your garden planning. Find out how much the finished look of your garden is going to cost you and set yourself a budget. The expected expenditure should include both softscape and hardscape items such as plants and trees, walls, fountains and rockeries. It may be a good idea to hire someone who provides this service on a professional basis and knows a great deal more about it than you do. Whether you use the experts or draw up your own landscaping plans, you can always ask someone more experienced for their opinion on what you intend to do. This may well save you both time and money in the long run. Landscaping a garden takes both time and discipline. In order to save your whole garden from looking like a building site, it is best to do your landscaping in phases. This way the cost is kept down and you can make changes to the plan as you go along, if necessary. You can save money by buying the materials you need during the off seasons. Shrubs and soil cost less when you buy late on in the season, just as wood costs less during the winter months than the summer. Landscaping your garden is carried out with the long term view in mind, so it is not always a good idea to buy the cheapest products on the market. Paying a little more is likely to provide you with materials which are less easily damaged and will not need to be regularly replaced. There are many places where you can buy your garden supplies. Look at the local stores and what they have to offer as well as surfing the net for your gardening equipment and make some price comparisons of what is available. Once your landscaping is completed, it does not end there. You will need to properly maintain your garden throughout the year. This you can do by yourself or by taking on a gardener to give you a hand.