When working within a budget, a do-it-yourself landscape may seem cheaper. The reality is that unless you are an expert on plants and how they grow, your lack of knowledge can cost you in more ways than you expect. Many problems can be avoided by hiring a professional to guide you away from common mistakes.
No doubt you've seen unsightly yards full of a multitude of different plants that seem to have simply sprung from the earth with no rhyme or reason. Having a variety of plants can be lovely if they are placed properly. A professional landscape plan can give even a cottage garden a flow and continuity that will enhance your curb appeal and increase your property value when you sell.
Lack of Soil Testing
Soil is the most important element of your landscape plan. Not only does the soil composition and pH need to be suitable for the plants you want to grow, but the drainage is also vitally important. A landscaper will have all the necessary tests done and recommend suitable plants for your soil conditions.
Improper Plant Placement
Every neighborhood has examples of trees and shrubs that are not suited for their space. For example, that tiny oak tree you planted on the corner of your newly-constructed stone patio for shade has roots that can tear up your hardscaping as it matures. Those cute little arborvitae you planted as foundation shrubs in front of your house can grow to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Knowing the proper placement of plants will save you having to replace them and repair the damage they caused at a later date.
Landscaping is more expensive than other home improvements by at least 30 percent. Many homeowners go through sticker shock when they see the prices of landscape plants, especially mature specimens. Labor to deliver and install mature plants often costs more than the plants themselves. Landscapers have the resources to work within your budget to find you the best deals that will give you the yard you want at a price you can afford.
Landscaping mistakes you make trying to save money can be expensive in the long run. Spending the money up front to have your landscape designed and installed properly can not only avoid future problems, but will increase your property value. Call a local reputable landscape company like Futurescapes Inc. to get an estimate on your landscaping before making costly mistakes.