A Guide to Outdoor Planting

Homeowners try to do whatever it takes to make their home look beautiful and

also functional. One way that homeowners look to beautify their home is through planting trees, shrubs, flowers and even vegetables. While homeowners can hire landscaping and gardening professionals to acquire the look homeowners want to achieve, many things can also be done by non-professionals. You don't have to have a green thumb to be successful in achieving the look you want around your house. With minimal knowledge of plants, trees, shrubs and their growing needs, all do it yourself homeowners can make the lawns and gardens of the house look beautiful and functional by getting in the dirt and do the planting and care themselves. Following are helpful resources that can be used to help make your home look beautiful:

  • Flower Growing Guide - information from Cornell on many different varieties of flowers and how to care for them.
  • Outdoor Planting Guide (PDF) - useful resource containing information on a variety of outdoor planting ideas.
  • Vegetable Planting Times - helpful guidelines on when is the best times to plant certain vegetables.
  • Planting and Replanting Guide (PDF) - informative resource guide on how to plant and replant vegetables as needed.
  • A Guide to Tree Knowledge - comprehensive guide to information about a wide variety of trees and leaves.
  • Tree Identification Guide - basic guide to identifying the different types of trees and leaves.
  • Homeowners Guide to Safer Trees (PDF) - useful guide aimed at homeowners to provide safer trees for the environment.
  • How to Prune Trees (PDF) - very helpful guide for homeowners to use to prune trees properly.
  • Dichotomous Tree Key - kid friendly resource to assist children in identifying various types of trees.
  • Backyard Tree Planting Guide - helpful guide to choosing the right tree for your home to be environmentally friendly.
  • Transplanting Trees and Shrubs (PDF) - useful article on how to safety plant and transplant trees and shrubs in your yard.
  • Selecting Shrubs for Your Home - informative resource containing a database of shrubs to help homeowners select the right shrub for the home.
  • Shrub Information - resourceful site with a wide range of information on selecting, planting and caring for shrubs.
  • Shrub Lists - collection of information about various styles and types of shrubs and how they should be used.
  • Tree Information - selection of useful fact sheets on many types of trees to help consumers select the right tree for the home.
  • Tree Care - information on the selection, planting and caring of trees.
  • Planting a Home Vegatable Garden (PDF) - helpful publication with information on how to select what type and how to plant a backyard vegetable garden.
  • Planting Vegetables - informative resource providing gardeners with information on how to properly plant a vegetable garden.
  • Gardening Resources - informative resource from Cornell University covering a number of gardening related subjects.
  • Science of Gardening - resourceful website discussing many scientific aspects of gardening such as seeds, growth and other facets.
  • Gardening Resource Information - information and resources pertaining to a vast array of gardening and growing topics.
  • Gardening with Children - helpful information about how to get children involved with helping in the family garden.
  • Gardening Page - informative government page with information along with questions and answers about gardening topics.
  • Gardening Health and Safety Tips - information and tips on gardening safety that can be used by the entire family.
  • Fire Safe Landscaping - useful information on how homeowners can prevent fires with their landscaping.
  • Home Landscaping Guide (PDF) - government guide on landscaping to help save energy and money.
  • Home Landscape Planning - helpful guide for homeowners with information and tips on landscaping around the house.
  • Sustainable Landscaping - informative website containing information on environmentally friendly landscaping.
  • Green Lawns and Gardens - tips from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on how to have a beautiful yard and garden without the use of chemicals.
  • EPA Lawn and Garden - helpful resource from the Environmental Protection Agency containing information and suggestions on how to protect your lawn and garden from insects and other pests.
  • Beneficial Landscaping - resourceful site containing information from the government on how to preserve the environment through the use of environmentally friendly landscaping.
  • Gardening with Children - USDA web page containing nutritional information that can be used to help educate children on gardening.