Should you do your own landscaping or hire a landscaping company? That’s a question many homeowners face but before you make the decision let’s go over some tips and ideas before you start tackling the project yourself.
Evaluate Your Skills
You don’t need to be a landscaper to manage your own property but you should have the time and interest to look after your landscaping. Do you want a simple lawn that you can mow just once a week or do you actually want to look after some plants and flowers on a regular basis. If you have little or no experience gardening then you should start by taking a look at some different landscaping ideas, photos and maybe even checking out a YouTube video or two to get an idea of what the project entails. Start with smaller projects and work your way up to something bigger.
What Do You Like
Along with evaluating your skills you should also know what style of landscaping that you like. Your designs should be a combination of plants that you like and what works in your environment. Start with small projects like tackling some small flowerbeds, re-design them or add some new plants. Visit your local garden center and learn about the different type of plants from bulbs to perennials. If you have a big ambitious project you may want to get some help from a landscaping company. Here is some information on basic garden flowers so you can learn the differences between them.
Cleanup the Yard
You can’t start on any new landscaping project until you first clean up the yard. Remove any clutter, get rid of all the overgrown plants along with any that you don’t want to keep around. Once you have the area cleaned up it will make is easier to see the space and design it the way you like. From here you can start the transformation and add the plants and flowers that you love.
Call a Landscaper
Calling a landscaper doesn’t mean throwing in the towel and giving up on your dream of looking after your own property. A landscaping expert can help you get started with the design for your space. They can recommend the right plants and flowers that work with your soil, the climate and your skill level in the garden. They can make recommendations based on the amount of time you have to work on your property and more importantly they can help you avoid expensive mistakes.
A landscape designer can help you break down the cost of your project and they can even get the project started. For instance you can work together designing the space, the landscape company sources the plants and materials then you take over regular maintenance.
Don’t Bite Off More than You Can Chew
Don’t overestimate what you are able to do and what you have time to do. Maintaining your landscaping can take hours every day and you may still have work to do. Plan ahead and work with a landscaping team to create the space you have been dreaming about.