Landscaping is a very big deal. This project will impact your life in virtually every way that you could have imagined. You will run into joys and complications that you may or may not have expected. Still, at the end of the day you should be very pleased with the landscaping transformation you have made.
To help ensure that you are making the right decisions for you, we’ve come up with a list of 5 considerations that we view as essential when planning out your landscaping project.
1. What Purpose Do You Have For This Landscaping Project?
Are you planning a landscaping project for yourself and your family? Do you plan on transforming your yard for entertainment? Have you considered taking on a landscaping project to make a statement or support the natural environment?
The purpose of the project is a big deal. If you plan on having many people, animals, and children in the area you may want to stay away from packing in expensive structures and plants that can be tripped over or easily broken. If you are planning something beautiful just to walk through or view, consider focusing on hardy and beautiful plants. Knowing your purpose will help to create the space perfect for you.
2. Where Do You Live?
The climate that you live in will make a huge impact on the type of landscaping that is recommended or useful in your area. The sun exposure will also make a huge impact on your landscaping decisions. You may need to reconsider a few structures or plant choices if the majority of your area is wet, dry, sunny or shady as not all plants will thrive in every condition.
You may also wish to consider the constraints of the land you wish to do landscaping on. Do you have a small area to work with? A large area to work with? An area with many strange borders or angles? These factors play a huge role in what type of architecture and plant life will work in the area.
3. Soil Type and Plant Selection
The type of soil that you have in your area may benefit you or may hurt you. Very fertile soil will give you the option to plant many different types of plants relatively easily. If you have sandy or clay-like soil you may have to reconsider whether or not you need to have soil brought it. This will partially depend on what you have, what you want planted, and the money you are willing to put into the project.
Plant selection will vary widely from one place to another. You must first consider whether you want native plants or more exotic plants in your landscaping. Then you will have to check the soil type. Once you have done that you will have to consider the natural elements and climate of the area. Certain plants will thrive in an area that gets a lot of shade and water, some plants thrive in dry and sunny conditions, while others will thrive in a mixture of the elements.
4. Hydro Excavation
Hydro excavation is an alternative to the traditionally digging and drilling done for landscaping. Hydro excavation uses water to break up and remove soil. This process requires no chemicals, does no damage to underground utility lines; and has less of an impact on the environment.
5. Consider Hiring a Professional
Hiring a professional may seem like a daunting and expensive task if you have planned to do this landscaping project entirely on your own. Still, we believe that hiring a professional is a very good idea. You may hire professionals with the expectation that you will have your hands in the soil just as much as they will. You are entitled to work alongside them, so if fear of losing control is what holds you back, reconsider.
Professionals have done hundreds of landscaping projects. They have a wide knowledge of plants, soils, and other materials used to create the landscape of your dreams. These professionals will know what will work, what won’t work, and what to suggest if you are feeling confused or unsure.