The Benefits of Working with a Landscape Professional

Though many DIY landscapers enjoy maintaining their home inside and out, some are fed up with the work and want to hire a professional. Between the season changes, grass and weed growth, and worrying, handing over the work to someone who has much more experience may be just what the doctor ordered.

Climates

Landscape professionals are familiar working in varying climates. Experienced landscapers know which plants fare well in different seasons and they will help you choose accordingly. Throughout the year, your plants’ needs will change and they must be cared for appropriately. If you are not ready for the challenge, you could lose your plants and risk the beauty of your garden.

Maintenance

If your garden consists of a small stretch of grass and a few rose bushes, the maintenance may be a breeze. But, larger landscapes require more time and care and most homeowners do not want to invest the time and resources to keeping it up to standard.

The appearance of your landscape is very important especially if you plan to sell your home in the future. Your lawn and yard is a direct reflection of how well you keep your home and its inherent monetary value. Curb appeal is one of the top selling features of a home and one of the factors that contributes to the overall value of a neighborhood.  Climate change, neglect and lack of knowledge can affect the look of your landscape and the future value of your home.

Curb appeal is also a reflection on you. Homeowners want to make a good impression in front of friends and family and a poorly maintained home speaks volumes to onlookers. People consider a poorly maintained home as a reflection on the ideals of the homeowner regardless of whether they are true or not.

Time

Many homeowners have little time to care for their properties and the last thing they want to spend their time on is their lawn. With families, demanding jobs, and no free time to enjoy, lawn maintenance is a job they can do without. In these cases, hiring a professional is a good choice. The stress and lack of family time is not worth the small cost of weekly lawn maintenance.

Loss of Control

Many homeowners feel out of control when maintaining and designing their landscapes, especially if they are novices. They are forced to leave other important matters behind because the stress of landscaping is always at the forefront of their minds. They are left to worry about climate changes, weed pulling, grass growing and how to keep the yard looking beautiful year-round. For an experienced professional, these issues are par for the course, but for an inexperienced homeowner, they are details he/she can do without.

If any part of landscaping has your stomach in knots, consider the work of a professional. By handing over the stress, you can rest easier and enjoy more time with the people you love. If you hire the right landscaper, you can be confident that your lawn is in great hands and you will never need to lift a landscaping finger again.

 

 

10 Landscaping Tips of the Professionals

Do you wish you were a professional landscape designer? Many DIY landscapers struggle with landscape design and try to learn the ins and outs too fast. As a result, they make numerous mistakes and get overwhelmed by the stress of the entire process.

Landscape designers have many years of experience and practice and that isn’t something you can learn in three days. Regardless of your research (you should do some!), you could never amass the knowledge of a professional landscape designer. But, you can learn some of their tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Here are some tips from the pros that will help you make your landscape look more professional:

1. Add depth to the landscape by lining the outside of your property with taller trees. Smaller trees look better towards the front which creates more depth and an overall cohesive design. Taller trees also look nice framing the home.

2. Balance the planting. Don’t overpower the perimeter of your home with so many plants that it loses its style and beauty. Conversely, don’t leave it so sparse that you reveal too much of the home’s foundation.

3. Don’t plant foundation shrubs close together. They will mature over time and broaden their reach so give them ample space to grow.

4. Consider design lines when planting your shrub border. Don’t just plant them in any haphazard way. When the winter season arrives, you still want visual interest even though the plants may not be flowering. Use annuals, as well, to add interest to the winter landscape.

5. When planting shrubs under windows, consider lower-growing plants so maintenance is minimal. There is nothing worse than shrubs that grow past the window and block light from coming into the home. If you are willing to prune, don’t worry about it. But if you are a low maintenance person, go with the low-growing plants.

6. When choosing plants to be set together, match leaf size and texture. The leaves should be similar in appearance to create an overall aesthetic appeal.

7. Plan for the future. If you are thinking of having children, create a small area where kids can roam and play. The same principle applies to pets, especially dogs that need room to run.

8. Vegetable gardens need ample sunlight. During the planning stage, map out the vegetable garden area and work around it with the rest of your design.

9. Are there any items you want to hide? How about those ugly trash cans and power poles? Consider using trees, fences covered with vines, trellises and shrubs to cover unsightly areas and remove them from sight lines.

10. Beware of planting in areas where water runs down from the roof into the ground. Set plants away from your home’s foundation and anywhere excess water could cause a problem.

Remember, above all, not to overextend yourself. If you are a novice, start with plants that do not require much attention. As you become more experienced, you can alter whatever you want. Your landscape design will always be a creative work in progress.