Different Types of Landscaping Services

The increased amount of time that most people spent in their houses in 2020 made them more aware of both the comforts of the home and its limitations. One of the biggest problems was the feeling of being cooped up indoors. The yard offered a welcome change but it was rarely enough to counter the negative impact of the lockdown. Even though the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines means that the end of the pandemic is in sight, the importance of having a yard to spend time in remains. Landscaping plays a key role in making the yard inviting and relaxing. A top-quality landscape that truly offers the benefits of being outdoors requires professional landscaping.

If you area rookie, here is a basic summary of what a professional landscape service must offer you.

  • Design: A great landscape combines beauty and functionality. A qualified and experienced landscaper will be able to understand your sensibilities, the kind of landscape you want, your budget and how your yard will be used. With all this in mind, he will create designs for you and work with you to give you the perfect landscape.
  • Creation: Once you have decided on a design you like, the landscaping company will bring the design to life for you.

However, this is not the end of it. A yard, with all its flowers, plants, shrubs and foliage is a living organism. This means it needs to be cared for to keep it looking its best. This care and maintenance involves:

  • Bed Maintenance and Detailing: Your flower beds need to be weeded, trimmed, pruned and cleaned regularly. Done properly, they will remain a thing of beauty. If neglected, they will become an eyesore.
  • Pruning and Hedging: Plants grow at different rates and need pruning at different times. Many also have specific times of the year when they need to be pruned to remain healthy. If this is not done, the yard will look unkempt and the plants will become sick and straggly.
  • Seasonal Clean-up: With the change in seasons, the yard will need to be deep cleaned to remove any accumulated dirt and debris that could damage the plants.
  • Soil Supplements: The turf cannot be ignored. It needs supplements to keep it healthy and to make it fertile for the plants. Special treatment may be required to ensure that no fungal growth damages the plants.
  • Pest Control: Healthy plants attract all kinds of pests and if they are not dealt with, they will kill the plant. The type of pest control is important – it needs to get rid of the pests without damaging the plants.
  • Irrigation: Depending on the soil, the climatic conditions and the types of plants in the yard, irrigation may be required. Only a professional landscaping service will be able to design and put in place an irrigation system that will be effective.
  • Walkways and Patios: These can add character to a landscape. Paver installation, if not done correctly, will be ugly, uneven and awkward to walk on. Patio landscaping is a special talent because it must blend the deck with the landscape while making it a place for the outdoor activities the family enjoys.
  • Lighting: A beautiful yard is for both, the day and the night. With the right landscape lighting, it can become a place to spend time in after sunset, either to relax or to entertain.

Using a professional landscaper is the right way to create and maintain a yard in which the whole family will love to spend time.

Landscaping Mistakes That Hurt the Value of Your Home

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house knows the importance of curb appeal in determining its market value. Realtors know the importance of first impressions which is why they make sure a house is looking its best before showing it to prospective buyers. Several elements go into the curb appeal, but none are as important as landscaping.

Real estate professionals will tell you that a great landscape design can increase the value of a property by 20%. On the other hand, bad landscaping can reduce the value. Even if you are not selling your house, the first impression that the landscape design creates will affect people’s perceptions about the interiors of the house and its occupants.

How a landscape is designed depends on the artistic sensibilities of the homeowner and the creative skills of the landscape designer, but some landscaping mistakes can have a significant impact on the selling price of the house and on the impression people get of the occupants.

  • Creating a landscape in bits and pieces will result in a disjointed design and the landscape will have no continuity; this will hurt the market value.
  • Landscaping is not a “fit and forget” project. Maintenance is required to keep it at its best and if that is not done,the negative impact will become apparent immediately.
  • Potential drainage and storm water problems are not only things a savvy buyer will look into but these could be the cause of major issues for you when you are living in the house.
  • Trees are always nice because of the beauty and shade they offer. But too many of them will make an open area claustrophobic and dark.
  • Damaged or unkempt patios are both ugly to look at and a potential source of accidents and injuries.
  • Water features like koi ponds can enhance the appeal of a landscape, but they require a great deal of maintenance to look their best.
  • Unplanned irrigation can leave some areas of the yard dry and arid and other areas soggy and muddy. Neither the occupants nor the buyers will want to spend time there.
  • Lighting is a key factor in landscaping. The lighting, to be effective, must be an integral part of the design.

These are just a few of the landscaping mistakes that can affect the curb appeal of a house.

Your home should have the landscape design you want. Only a professional landscape designer will be able to take your concepts and turn them into the reality that will give your home the look and feel you desire. Trying to do the design yourself will never produce the same results because there is so much technical knowledge that goes into the design – the type of soil, the climate, the need for irrigation, the maintenance requirements, etc. all have to be considered.

Overlooking or not having the skills to deal with any of the many factors that are required for the right landscape will leave the exterior of the home looking a lot less appealing. If you are planning on selling your home, asking a landscape designer to improve the look of the exterior is essential. If you are not planning on selling, great landscaping will make the home a very  pleasant place to live in. DIY efforts will never produce the same results as a landscaping expert.

The Hidden Risks of DIY Landscaping

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lock down has many people spending more time at home than ever before. While this has many benefits, restlessness and boredom do force people to try and find things to do safely outdoors. One of these is tinkering with the yard layout and design, or to put it more plainly, DIY landscaping. It seems like a good idea at first; you will be occupied and will spend time outdoors, the exercise will be beneficial and the money you save by going the DIY way can be used for something else. And of course, you think that you will be able to give your home that exterior look that you have always wanted. The problem with this train of thought is that it overlooks many of the serious problems that DIY landscaping causes. The cost of repairing the damage caused by DIY landscaping efforts may be higher than the cost of having the work done by a professional in the first place.

What Goes Wrong

The number of things that could go wrong when DIY landscaping is attempted are varied and many of these may be site or project specific issues that are unique to a specific property. However, there are several problems that are common to all DIY landscaping projects:

  • Planning and design are critical for creating the right landscape. The overall ambience of the yard must be a cohesive and complete whole – it should not look like a number of plants and shrubs located haphazardly.
  • Finding the right plants is very important. Plant, shrubs and trees grow and perform differently. Some bloom year-round while others are seasonal. Some require shade while others demand a lot of sun. Some need more water and fertilizers than others. If the mix is not right and the location chaotic, the yard will never look as it should.
  • Using space correctly is another important feature. A landscape is more than just a lot of plants. There must be open space to sit, walk and generally move around. This must be a part of the design.
  • Overlooking irrigation and lighting requirements.
  • Using the right type of pavers for walkway and paths.
  • Balancing the indoor and outdoor views. A large shrub or tree may look good when seen from the outside, but what if it happened to block the view from a window?
  • It is easy to think that DIY means that cost control is simple. This is not so. Landscaping involves many types of expenditure and these can build up without your knowledge until you find that you have exceeded your budget and the cost of the project is not worth it.

Do It Safe – Do It Right

Landscaping is a far more complex and specialized process than people often realize. It is only after the work has started that the obstacles become obvious. By that time, the homeowner will have wasted a great deal of time and money. This is why DIY landscaping is simply not worth it. It makes far more sense to call in a landscaping professional who will be able to create the right design and look and use plants, shrubs, pavers and other materials that are suited to the climate, soil and environment. They will also work within a budget, ensure that no collateral damage occurs and provide any future maintenance that may be required. This will allow you to spend time outdoors without any landscaping hassles or worries about upkeep.