Q: We’ve lived in our house for 11 years and done no landscaping. Now we have lots of low spots and weeds. I’d like to start doing some landscaping, but I’m not sure what to do first.
A: Landscaping a neglected yard can be a daunting task. But take my advice and work slowly and methodically. Choose a couple of spots that would improve the look of the house and dig up the soil there. If it is mostly clay, add soil conditioner to make it loose and productive. Print out some pictures and take them to an independent nursery on a Tuesday morning when they are not busy and ask if someone there can give you some quick advice on what plants to use initially. When you are satisfied with the first areas, move on to a couple more. Rome was not built in a day!