Try some of these ideas to keep your yard looking beautiful all year long. You’ll save time and use less water. Print Email Illustration: Melanie Magee PagesPrevious 8 of 9 Next View All 7. Plan Before You Plant “If your garden really works, you won’t have to,” Christina says. So plan ahead. Create a landscape that’s functional and fun—one that brings you joy and relaxation, not an endless to-do list.