5 Resources for the DIY Garden Designer

If you decide to DIY your own garden design, you're still going to need a little help! Fortunately, in this day and age you have access to SO MANY resouces via the Internet! Here are a few that will get you started creating your own garden design.

1. YouTube

YouTube is great, although perhaps overwhelming, resource. There are tons and tons of videos out there that can teach you about design and show you how to create a beautiful outdoor space, no matter if that space is a yard, a balcony, or a rooftop garden! I created a playlist of design videos, so feel free to start your YouTube journey to design greatness there. 

2. Garden Design Magazine

Garden Design Magazine is one of my personal favorite resources.  You can definitely subscribe to the magazine itself (which is gorgeous), but there are tons of free articles on the Garden Design website as well.  You'll find photo galleries that can inspire you, and articles written by designers that can show you what to do.

3. Landscape Material Calculator

Honest truth, there's a lot of math involved in landscape design.  Even if you're not ready to go out there and create a garden, if you're trying to figure out your budget. . .you need to do some calculations on things like "how much mulch should I get?" or "how many annuals should I buy?"  Fortunately, there are lots of material calculators out there that can help, including this Landscape Calculator.  Some of the features are behind a paywall, but some basic ones, like mulch, are free.  And there are lots of other calculators out there too, if this one isn't quite what you're looking for.

4. Design Software

If you want to take a step up from hand drawing your design, then it is time to consider design software! And there are lots of options out there, from free programs to ones that cost hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.  With some of the more advanced programs, you'll get built in material calculators, filters to help you pick appropriate plants, and lots more.  So do your research and see if one will work for you! A place to start? These reviews of some popular programs.

5. Professional Help

I know, I know, you want to DIY.  But, sometimes it's good to call in a pro to help with aspects of the project.  This is ESPECIALLY true if you need to do deep digging, or if you're doing some sort of hardscape project that could cost you a lot of money if you mess it up.  Consider outsourcing parts of your project, and find a pro using sites like Thumbtack or Angie's List.  Or, talk to your local friends, family, and neighbors to see who they recommend.

Do you have any favorite DIY garden design resources? Share them in the comments!

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