If the exterior of your home needs a little work, landscaping is the perfect place to start. But many people have never worked on landscaping design before. If you know anything about interior design, keep in mind that the same principles apply outside.
First, make a list of what you need and what you want. If your kids play outside, list that you want a play area. If you want a garden, write that down as well. Then, make a rough sketch of where the areas should go.
Second, look at the sun patterns in your yard and mark what places would be good for what areas. If you want the kids to have shade to play in, place their area in the place that stays the most shady and the garden in the sunny patch.
If you have any trouble, you can always contact a landscape design company in your area for professional help.