If you searched “landscapers near me” or “landscaping companies near me” because you are interested in hiring a professional landscape company, you came to the right place. Learn everything you need to know about a finding a landscape professional for a landscaping project at your home or business.
The appearance of your landscape sets the tone for the immediate impression to your family, friends, employees, customers and any others whom visit your home or business property. But if you are someone who may be new to home or property ownership and have never taken on a landscaping project, it can be something that looks daunting. Not only financially but the labor and skillset that is required in order to build the right landscape for your home. Projects such as retaining or boulder walls, paver patios, paver walkways, planting trees, and yard grading with black dirt just to name a few of the many potential elements to any home’s landscaping. Many landscape projects require immense amounts of labor, heavy lifting and equipment to properly complete and create a finished product that will last for years to come.
However, there are certain landscaping projects that most can handle on their own with minimal equipment, for others though, it is best to find a professional landscape contractor. The effort put forth with the right knowledge and skillset will determine the outcome and overall appearance of your new landscape.
Before a single shovel breaks ground, it is crucial to write out a plan for your new landscape. Begin by asking yourself several questions about the project.
A perfectly executed landscaping project can bring immense benefits. The most common one being the increase in curb appeal of your home or commercial building, allowing it to stand out from the neighboring properties. Another benefit being the the potential increase in property value, in addition to the property becoming increasingly attractive to future buyers if the front and back yard have landscaping installed by a professional. In addition to home values and curb appeal, did you know that landscaping can protect your home or business property from dangers such as water run off which causes erosion, preventing basement flooding and more.
Several components of your landscape, including grass, trees and shrubs all capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. A single tree can remove 26 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air every year. That is the equivalent to and cancels out the emissions of a car driving 11,000 miles. These are just a few of the benefits to a properly installed landscape, the list is truly endless. To schedule an estimate for landscaping on your property, get in touch with a landscape professional near you by calling (833) 956-7969 or requesting a quote today.
Planning is the most important step to designing and building the landscape of your dreams. Landscaping projects cannot be something that are done “on the fly”, they require careful planning, and precautions before anything is done. Certain questions must be answered at this time: what color combinations do you desire? Will a swimming pool, paver or concrete patio, retaining wall, water feature or any other hardscape structure be a part of the plan? What is the proposed use of the project?
These questions are just a sample of what must be answered to outline the elements of your new landscape design and build project. Whether you hire a landscape professional to draw out the plan or you handle it yourself, these must be answered beforehand.
Many over look the budget before they take on a landscape project of their own or when they decide to hire a landscape contractor. Before starting the project, assess your budget to determine how much you can afford to spend on the design work and the installation, and don’t forget regular lawn and landscape maintenance after project completion. Is that amount enough to provide your dream landscaping? If the numbers do not align quite yet, in some instances you can separate parts of your project into different phases or just wait and continue saving until the time is right financially. Cutting corners and going the cheap route should never be an alternative, quality does not have a cost, it pays.
Whether you are taking on the project yourself or you are going to hire a landscaping professional, make sure you know the process of most landscaping projects.
1. Landscape Demolition – For lawn or landscape renovation projects (as opposed to installations on a new property) this is involves removing the existing yard and landscape and hauling the debris away.
2. Hardscape Construction – Structure(s) such as paver or concrete patios, swimming pools, pergolas and retaining walls are built first and the rest of the landscaping (also referred to as “softscapes”) are built around the hardscape structures since hardscapes are a more permanent feature when compared to softscapes such as plants which can be moved easily.
3. Landscape/Softscape Installation – This would include planting trees and shrubs, installing landscape edging, installing mulch in landscape beds surrounding your home’s foundation and in designated areas in the yard. If drip irrigation is to be installed in the landscape beds, it is done before rock or mulch.
4. Soil and Black Dirt – Black dirt or topsoil is brought in and graded out to ensure a proper slope for the new lawn area to send water away from structures. This step can sometimes be done before the landscaping goes in, but fill dirt is used, generally by the builder of a new home.
5. Irrigation System Installation – This step may change from contractor to contractor, since many may have slightly different landscaping processes, but at this time the underground lawn sprinkler system will be installed.
6. Lawn Installation – After the irrigation system is installed and functional, it is time to install your new turf areas. The most popular method for this is installing sod. Other methods include cost-effective hydro-seeding or laying traditional lawn seed.
Upon completion of your project, whether it is establishing and installing a brand new landscape at your recently built home, or it was a renovation of an existing landscape, it is important to know what the follow up procedures are to ensure the success of your new landscaping. This includes the watering requirements for plants, trees and new turf, fertilizing your lawn and plants, pruning as the plants and trees mature, lawn maintenance needs, irrigation system start up and winterization (if you live in an area that experiences winters below freezing), cleaning your pavers and more. You can learn more about lawn and landscape maintenance online, or if you hire a landscaping professional, they will usually provide you with information about the required routine maintenance.
Despite there being a lot of work involved with creating a landscape or yard, By properly planning, designing and installing the landscape, you will create the outdoor space of your dreams, then combining proper maintenance afterwards, your new landscaping will be functional and healthy for years to come.