Do you feel your home is lacking curb appeal? Are you dreaming of a backyard oasis to spend your summer evenings? April, which is National Lawn and Garden Month is the perfect time to turn your dreams into a reality. Whether you are a DIYer or hiring a professional landscaper, starting a landscaping project can feel like a big task. Here are some things you will need to consider before starting.
Do It Yourself
Design. Carefully plan out your yard. Take note of any structures that can’t be moved as well as easements on your property.
Research plants. Consider how much water you want to use, sun exposure, and the soil type.
Have year round interest. Ensure you have plants that will grow year round. Plan on how you will bring color in throughout the year.
Keep maintenance in mind. Factor in the time you have to devote to upkeep. Place ground cover to reduce weed growth. Opt for low maintenance and low water plants. Install rock features that require less upkeep. Xeriscaping is an excellent option if you want a low maintenance, eco-friendly yard.
Plan Your Budget. Like any home improvement project, it’s good to plan for the unexpected.
Finding a Landscaper
Hiring a professional landscaper is a great option for some. Having a professional landscape designer will help ensure things are properly installed, plants will be ones that will thrive in your area, and the project will be done to code. Do your research and ask questions. Some helpful questions you can ask include:
Are you bonded and fully insured? This is the first question you want to ask anyone doing work in and around your home.
How long have you been in business? Make sure they have experience, and the manpower to complete your job.
What is your guarantee? Reputable landscapers should be willing to guarantee their work for two years, ideally five. Ask about separate warranties for plants.
Do you have industry specialists on staff? It’s important for them to have specialists, like botanists or arborists. They will know what plants do well in your region and soil, or where plants should be placed based on sun exposure.
Can you provide a drawing of your plans? Ensure you know what the completed plan will look like before work begins. Also ask to see photos of similar jobs that they have done. Consider asking for references from previous clients who have had similar jobs completed.
What is the expected timeframe for work? You want to ensure your yard will be completed in a timely manner.
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