Tips for Your Next Landscaping Project

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Taking on a landscaping project can seem like a daunting task ,and can easily fall to the bottom of any homeowner’s to do list. However, remodeling and updating your homes landscaping can improve the quality of the time you spend at home, encourage you to spend more time outdoors, and can actually increase the value of your house. When taking on a landscaping project, here are a few helpful tips to remember:

Take Your Time during the Planning Phase

Poor planning is one of the most common mistakes made during a large landscaping project. The desire to dive in and get your hands dirty can be strong, however it is important that you properly plan and consider all aspects of the project before beginning. Once planted, it can be increasingly difficult to move some plants, and if a new idea presents itself, it could be too late. Take your time, make a few sketches, consider all options, and remember to “measure twice, cut once”

Don’t Forget about Your Project’s Functionality

A second common mistake can be the result of either overzealousness or poor planning, but in either case, it is important to remember that any landscaping project must still allow the area to retain its functionality. Do you have children or pets who enjoy playing in your yard? Keeping a large open space may be preferable to adding an island or tree, even if they improve the aesthetic. Be sure that paths remain fairly clear and walkable, and try to keep branches from obstructing your taller guests. Do you use this area at night? Consider the installation of landscaping lights. Be sure that this space is not only beautiful, but also an area that people want to use.

Do Your Research

Before you begin your project, make sure you do your research on the plants, materials, and locations you are going to be using. Some plants might not do well on a heavy slope unless you put in a retaining wall to prevent erosion. If you live in an applicable area, make sure you have done enough to deer-proof your smaller plants. All of this will help ensure that your final draft of your project looks like the end result.

Don’t be Boring

Don’t be afraid to be bold! Take a few risks in your project, and you just might be pleasantly surprised with the results. Don’t be afraid to eschew straight lines in favor of a more wavy, rounded, and natural look. Use baskets, structures, and different sizes of plant to allow for a variance in height. Use different colors and shapes, and if possible, flowers that bloom at different times of the year to allow for natural variance and change throughout. Use “hardscaping,” paved roads, sidewalks, and paths, to allow for a change of pace, and also to facilitate movement through the area.