Summer time typically brings out the best of us. With better weather, kids on break, and more free time, people tend to be more motivated and excited to be outdoors. Because of this, summer time is one of the best and most convenient times to get work done on your landscaping. Whether you want to do the upgrades on your own or want to hire it out, here is what you need to know about making changes to your home’s landscaping.
For all interested in changing their landscaping, with or without a green thumb, you need to:
- Know yourself.
Before you create an intricate landscaping plan, make sure you are ready to put the work into taking care of something so elaborate. The design of your landscaping is going to need to fit the amount of work you are willing to put in. Having a beautiful, elaborate yard that takes a lot of work, but a homeowner who is not willing to put in the work, is not going to be successful. It will result in landscaping that looks beautiful when it is first created, then quickly becomes a space that is better left unnoticed.
- Have ideas.
The possibilities for what a homeowner can do with their landscape are endless. However, by knowing how much energy you want to spend taking care of your landscape, you will be able to minimize some of the possibilities. You will want to be open minded as you search, but also have a good idea of what it is you love. Look through magazines, websites, and other people’s yards. Find out what you like, what you don’t like, and look for new and creative ways to get the look you want. By being open minded, you increase the possibility of finding more of what you are looking for and decreasing the cost of those items.
For those with no green thumb:
- Hire a professional.
If you are completely lost on what to do with your yard or flowerbed, one thing you can do is hire a landscaper. Architects and designers are going to be able to help you with everything that encompasses landscaping. That includes everything from the driveway, to the porch, to the flowerbed. For the best expert on doing a redesign, the architect is going to be your go-to. Though more expensive, these professionals will typically have a higher level of education and certification. However, if the job that you want done on your landscaping is minimal, you can hire a designer. These professionals will typically have less education and certification than an architect, but they are highly skilled individuals. For a job that is even less elaborate and that only focuses on the garden design aspect of landscaping, you can hire a garden designer.
Search around for the professional that is going to meet your needs in this area. As you make a decision, make sure to thoroughly interview the professional you hire. You will want to see some pictures of their previous work in order to make sure that their style of landscaping is what you want to happen on your land.
For those desiring to change their landscaping on their own:
- Check the regulations.
If you are looking to completely change your landscaping on your own, you will need to make sure any changes you do make are still within the regulations of your home. A professional is going to check these regulations for you. If you purchased your home within a homeowners association, then you will have to make sure that your new design will still abide by their rules. You will need to check on the property lines to make sure you do not go outside those boundaries. Then, you should know how close to the boundary line you are permitted to have your landscaping. Not all landscaping designs are allowed to go all the way to the edge of the property. If you do not check on the rules and regulations before beginning your new landscaping project, then you risk running into trouble, resulting in fines and having to redo the landscaping that has been constructed.
- Analyze the current landscape.
You will want to know every dimension of your yard before setting out to redesign it. Take note of anything that could be problematic. For example, areas that have trouble growing grass. If you cannot easily grow grass in an area of your yard, then you are not going to want to make plans for that area to have grass. Also look for slopes, easily flooded and dried out sections, and large trees with long roots. The natural aspects of your land could cause problems for the design you come up with. Work to fix the problems that you do find or design your landscape in such a way that accommodates for those problems. One of the easiest ways to have information on your plot of land is to get a plot report from government records.
Landscaping should not be done on the first day you move to a new home. To really make landscaping the best it can be, it takes time. Time is needed not only in the planning and construction of the landscaping, but also in really getting to know the land. To understand where the sun hits, where the water stays, and where the ground is dry, you are going to need to spend a fairly significant amount of time on that land. It is not recommended to start a large landscaping job until you have lived on that land for at least a year. Then you will have experienced every season on that plot of land and will have a better idea of what is going to work best there.
New landscaping is exciting! Changing your home’s landscaping will give your home a fresh, new look. With a little money, creative ideas, and some help, you will be on your way to having a more appealing home.