Yes, you don't need to be a professional landscaper in order to do your own landscaping, but here are some tips and rules to follow before heading out to your outdoor space and starting your own landscaping project:
Make an evaluation of your skill set
If you have some experience with DIY projects and with gardening, then you are ready to dive into your new outdoor space design project. If you are completely unfamiliar with this kind of work, it is best to spend some time to look at and study different landscaping projects, ideas, plans, photos, and videos before you start our own project. Start small, and as you build up your confidence, you can move to larger projects.
Get to know your personal style
Plan and sketch your landscaping ideas before proceeding. Make them in accordance with your personal tastes and style. If you want to make some improvements and minor changes to your outdoor space, then you can start with some easy to handle DIY tasks, such as re-designing the edgings of your flower beds or adding a few new plants and flowers to your flower beds. Larger projects can require some help from professionals.
Get rid of the clutter
Before you proceed with a grand project to redo your entire outdoor space, start by removing the clutter from your existing garden. Take the time to remove overgrown or unwanted plants and elements. This will help clean out your area so that you can get a better visual idea of what you would like to add and transform it into.
Get some professional help
Consider spending a small fee to get professional consultations and advice from a landscaping expert. Yes, you may feel confident that you have laid out a perfect plan for your new outdoor landscaping project, but if you are new to this, it is highly recommended that you ask an expert for an evaluation of your ideas. This will make you sure you are moving in the right direction and will not be making any mistakes which can turn out to be quite costly. The landscaper can also help you break down the costs of the project so that you don't overspend and get overwhelmed in the process of the transformation of your garden or other outdoor space.
Don't overestimate your skills, time and financial resources
Your project should be spaced out and properly timed so that you don't end up spending tireless hours, days and months and still not be able to complete it. Instead, start small. Plan ahead, and do some of the landscaping work this year, and leave the next step of the project for the upcoming year.