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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
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Landscape design interview with the pros

I would LOVE to get to improving our yard this year but there is so much I don't know!! On the Your Home Story podcast this year we want to bring in more experts to educate our listeners (and us!) on topics like this one--landscape and hardscape design, what you can DIY, when to do what improvements...


Plus, it's about the time of year when you may want to start planning exterior projects like deck/yard upgrades and landscaping. We called in some experts about landscape/hardscape design, Engelina and Erin from Gardening by Design, an Ottowa, Ontario, Canada firm, to run through it with us. Their mission includes strengthening connection to the outdoors by designing spaces that allow you to experience nature in a new way. Love that!

Here are some beautiful photos from their work. Inspiration for improving your connection to the outdoors in urban, wooded, or country settings!
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We learned so much in this episode and you will, too!
  • Why you should consider updating your landscaping/hardscaping
  • What the limits are for a DIYer (both design and installation)
  • Whether you’re trying to sell soon, or just want a quick update--key areas to focus on for resale (including a super simple DIY you can do to existing landscape beds to make your yard look more maintained and fresh!).
  • Which types of exterior improvements to do when/per season
  • Trends in plant materials and hardscaping for residential landscape design including some easy, inexpensive materials
  • Where to start when making a landscape plan for your yard
  • Plants to consider for interest and color for every season even in colder climates

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