Well, you need not seek the advice of a professional expert when you want to landscape your home. You can definitely do landscaping your own self, and create a wonderful fantastic place for yourself in the garden. What matters is how you are implementing those creative ideas from your imaginative brain into sheer practicality in the concrete form of a lovely garden or a lovely backyard.
Just listen to the inner voice of yours when you are creating ideas for landscaping. Brainstorm thoroughly. Once the ideas are out of your brain, try to select the most appropriate ones. These most appropriate ones would necessarily be suiting your taste, your style, and your budget and space as well.
Then after you have selected the idea, you need to work on it, plan as per the idea in a very concise way. You need to think and understand the requirements which would be essential to fulfill those ideas of yours. After making a list of those requirements, you would write down the budget accordingly.
As per the budget plans, you could now proceed further and take further actions.
You need to examine your area of landscaping very carefully. For example the surface of the ground, whether it is even, or uneven or it is hilly, or just the opposite of it needs to be considered. Further ideas could match as per the surface considerations.
Also the kind of soil is a very important thing to be taken into consideration. Right kind of plants need to be planted in the right kind of soil. A further study on the type of plants according to the type of soil would be extremely beneficial.
Mapping your area and deciding where what things would be present is also a crucial thing to decide. You need to decide on the place of your plants and shrubs, on the place of the water feature if any to be installed, and on the rocks.
After these things are in place, you could work on it step by step.
So considering such factors as above, you would be able to do successful landscaping on your own.