So, you know you want to remodel your yard, but where do you start? While the personal challenge can seem exciting at first, many find the process to be somewhat overwhelming once they dive in. They decide to take on the challenge themselves to save money, but improper execution may actually cost more than hiring a landscape designer in the long run.
Before jumping into a project, a landscape designer can offer you a chance to see the big picture in the form of design plans. You will have the ability to communicate your general ideas into a selection of plans. This makes it a little easier to commit to individual aspects and helps to bring some cohesion to the project. While you may know exactly what you want, the available budget for your dream yard is not likely to match. A designer can also present you with options to suit your tastes to the budgetary needs.
Years of education and practical experience have equipped landscape designers with the tools and knowledge to produce effective results. Even better, they can work through obstacles in a timely manner. With a landscape designer’s experience in property surveys and assessments, you are able to avoid potential pitfalls that could require further investment to fix down the road—problems that one may simply not anticipate with a lack of experience in the field.
Landscape designers are familiar with the various conditions required for plants to thrive and will be able to plan the elements of your landscape design accordingly. They know what thrives in what seasons; the amount of sunlight, shade, water, and space required for each plant to thrive; and effective intermixing of various plants. For instance, they can plan an attractive layout based on seasonal rotations or potential drainage issues.
Labor & Materials
For a one-piece project, you could likely complete it using basic tools. If you’re thinking about a complete yard renovation, you would likely need to purchase a variety of tools that may not get more than one round of use. The research for selecting the right tools can be a daunting process in itself.
Then there’s the issue of labor. Taking on the installation of an elaborate landscaping project, isn’t easy work, folks. Before jumping into such a challenge, carefully evaluate the level of strenuous activity required to pull it off. If you are not absolutely certain that you are able to handle the physical demands of a project, you should not pursue it on your own.
A well-planned and executed landscape design brings the value of sustainability. The careful placement of the right trees can reduce heating and cooling bills. An improperly executed landscape can bring an increase in the water bill. A landscape designer can also provide you with savvy features to maximize the effectiveness of your lawn-care.
Following the completion of a project, a landscape designer will be able to advise you about the best practices for upkeep and special care. You will also be able to gain insight as to what to expect with the passing of time and growth with your plants. Any question you may have can be answered, as well as those you had not anticipated.
Once again, landscape designers know exactly what they’re doing. They can bring your vision to reality with ease. Seeking out a professional can save you hours of research for every single plant under your consideration; strenuous labor; money; and most of all, your personal time.
If you would like to speak to a Woodlawn landscape designer about your next landscaping project, please call 610.647.1300 and schedule a free landscaping design consultation.