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Detailed Landscaping Questions and Answers

Apr 15, 2008
Do you know what all offices, houses, apartment complexes, and churches have in common? They all have landscaping of some kind. No building is truly complete without some plants, grass and some shrubbery to help raise the character of the building.

The additional value of curb appeal can make the difference when a house is trying to be sold or if you want to increase the value of a home. Any small amount of change to the outside grounds helps and you don't constantly require a professional to complete the landscaping for you. It never hurts to have some professional advice or a some knowledge prior to you starting to rip up your front yard, though.

This article will go over some of the fundamentals of landscaping so that you can have a rough idea of how landscaping is done and how it can be much easier than you actually think. A few shrubs, some trees a little nice grass and you will have it down pat before you know it. Who knows? Perhaps you might decide to make it a career that you may be interested in pursuing.

At What Point Should I Hire a Landscaper?

The right time to hire a landscaper would be if you don't have a "green thumb" and you aren't going to have any time to devote to removing the old landscape and then planting the new one. There are some specific steps that need to be taken care of first in order to prevent any soil erosion so that you'll need at least a weekend of hard work.

Landscapers fees are not cheap but it's likely you can find one at a reasonable cost depending on how big of an area you need done and how much of the labor you intend to do yourself. If you're going to maintain the area yourself, you will save a lot of your hard-earned money as well.

If I Decide to Take Care of The Landscaping Myself, What Are Some of The Ideas and Designs to Help Me Out?

There are numerous types of software programs on the market today that can help you design a landscape of your own. You will need to input the shape and size of your yard and then select the kind of terrain based on the climate that you live in.

The software can then give you different recommendations on shrubbery and plants that are best suited for your type of yard and your environment. If you want to do man-made types of structures or terrains you'll want to consult a local carpenter for different ideas for a do-it-yourself website for various constructions.

What's the Best Way to Decide Which Type of Plan to Use?

The kind of plant that you select will depend upon the type of climate and how much you want to water it. It will also depend on the amount of sun your yard receives during the daytime. For instance, some plants will thrive in the shade will other types will wilt.

For those people who live in areas that are prone to drought, they should probably consider planting hardy plants that need very little water and actually help to conserve the soil from becoming rooted. Numerous individuals choose to have rock gardens and cactuses if they live in desert like climates.

When Is the Ideal Planting Season?

The ideal planting season is mostly dependent upon what kind of plant you are looking to grow. The best time to plant bulbs is in the fall so that they will have time to root. Other types of plants are best suited to planted in the months of spring.

There are some plants that won't produce any type of fruits and flowers until one or two seasons later so you need to prepare for this. Trees will typically need several years prior to them becoming large enough to provide adequate shade or bear any type of fruit.

Will It Increase to Curb Appeal and Value of My Home?

A well thought out lawn can add enormous curb appeal as well as value to your home. It will make the features of your home stand out and if you are trying to sell your home, it is one of the first types of details any potential buyers will notice. There's nothing really like a well manicured lawn and very carefully trimmed hedges that can add immense immediate value to any type of property.
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