When thinking of a new landscaping idea, it is important to be realistic about how much time and money you are able to spend. Landscaping can be a very enjoyable pastime and can be done by anyone with a little imagination and some basic tools. But landscaping is an expensive proposition, particularly for inexperienced homeowners. In the following article, I'll provide some tips on how to save money on landscaping and achieve the results you desire without going broke.
Landscaping can be a very rewarding experience, but many landscapers struggle financially because it entails a lot of time. Unfortunately, many landscapers do not earn enough from their work to live off of, and have to cut back on other things in order to cater to their families. Fortunately, trimming trees and other landscaping tasks can be done on a part-time basis or even for free.
One way that you can save money on landscaping is by doing it yourself. You may not be an expert landscape architect, but you do not need to be. If you have some general landscaping skills, like mowing lawns or trimming bushes, you should be able to do most landscaping jobs yourself. There are even lots of do-it-yourself landscape design books available at local bookstores, which will give you lots of ideas.
Another way that you can save money on landscaping is by increasing your plantings. Many landscaping magazines recommend up to 30 plants for every acre of yard space, so plan on adding quite a few plants this year. Some popular flower and plant choices include: morning glories, azaleas, honeysuckle, gardenia, tulips, daffodils, lavender, blue hydrangea, cosmos, and more. Be sure to plant these plants in attractive arrangements that will enhance the rest of your yard.
If you are working with a landscaping company, be sure to let them know what kind of landscaping personality you would like to have. Some landscaping companies will let you customize everything from walkways to lawn beds, trees, mulch, and even irrigation systems. You should take a look at your landscaping in advance, so that you can incorporate ideas into the design that is most aesthetically pleasing to you. Be sure to ask the landscaper questions about ideas that are important to you, such as:
-What kind of fertilizers and water treatments do you currently use on your landscaping? -What are your alternate options for irrigation, such as grass versus using flowers and plants? -What are your outdoor activities around your landscape, such as baseball and basketball hoops, that you would like to be different? -What types of plants are best suited for a specific climate and type of soil? -What are your environmental goals, such as protecting fish habitat or preventing runoff into storm drains?
If you have a small yard, it's important to think about space conservation. Do you need a privacy wall to separate your outdoor living space from your front garden? Or maybe you need an outdoor sitting area, or deck, for a cozy evening with your family. Are there any special landscaping features that could allow you to save space around your home? For example, a small back fence around a yard that is finished with stone or concrete could greatly reduce the amount of grass that needs to be used, especially when used to borders the pool. Finally, water features such as ponds and fountains can also help to conserve space.
One of the most important aspects of a successful yard landscaping job is that you work with a company that is experienced in providing superior customer service. When choosing a landscaping company, be sure to look for a reputable company that has provided work for local government bodies and schools. A good landscaping company will also have completed projects in homes throughout the city and county that are similar to your own. This is important because landscapers specialize and can usually anticipate future problems that could arise. In short, they know their stuff!