A Homeowner's Guide to Planning a Successful Landscape Design

A Homeowner's Guide to Planning a Successful Landscape Design

Most homeowners love to have the picture-perfect lawn, one that rivals properties that they have seen on HGTV or throughout landscaping magazines.  However, a beautifully landscaped lawn does not happen overnight, or without much thought and preparation.  If you are interested in some tips for creating a landscaped area around your home that is picturesque, unique, interesting, and also relatively easy to maintain, then continue reading below for some of our tips and ideas.

Prior planning is one of the main keys to achieving the landscaping design that you want for your unique lawn.  Without the proper planning and landscape education, you may not be able to complete the entire project that you once thought was going to be quite simple.

The initial stage of proper planning involves deciding on a budget for your landscaping project.  How much are you willing to spend for the entire project, from beginning to end?  This budget should include preparing your lawn for landscaping, choosing local-friendly plants, bushes, or trees to use, deciding on mulch types for your flower beds and other specific areas, landscape lighting fixtures and installation, stoneware, patio, or deck features, and all forms of maintenance plans.  Once you factor in all of these different aspects, you may find that your budget isn’t quite what you thought it was originally.​  However, it is important to set a budget before you begin to progress with your landscaping design.

Next, you should work on a design plan and all of the aspects that go into the design you want for your property, such as specifics for plants, lighting, hardscapes, etc.  This may take some investigating on your part by talking with experts in order to compare prices of features and to learn what will work in your local climate, and what will not work.  When you are comparing plants, shrubs, trees, lights, or other outdoor features, you may wish to keep a journal of price comparisons and listings of specific details.

When you are planning to hire a professional contractor to help with your landscape design, you should check with them for their pricing, availability, and their expertise.  Based on which contractor(s) you decide to use, you will also need to include their rates into your landscape design budget.

Lastly, schedule a time when you can commence (and end) your landscaping project.  This may require some flexibility on your part, but the end results will be well worth the wait.  Once your landscape design is completed, you can sit back and relax, as you enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Investing in a successful landscaping project should always bring pleasure to the homeowner, value to your home’s property, and a curb appeal that you are highly-satisfied with all throughout the year.

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