The Importance of Landscaping


There are endless benefits to using landscaping in your yard. Landscaping can make dull and solid areas pleasing to the eyes. It is responsible for making ordinary homes into spectacular ones and office buildings into warm, livable spaces.

Beautiful landscaping in your yard can increase the property value of your home. It is recommended by The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) that you put about 10 percent of the homes value in landscaping. This investment in your property's appearance can add up to 20 percent to your homes estimated value. This is certainly an area you do not want to neglect!
 
The first decision you must make is whether you will want to do this project yourself or hire a professional landscaping company to do the work for you. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before making such a decision.

  • Is this my first landscaping project?
  • Am I planning on doing a small or large area?
  • Do I understand how plants work together in landscaping?
  • Do I understand technical landscaping aspects such as drainage?
  • What combination of flowers, busing and trees do I want?
  • What kind of plants work best for what I want to do?
  • What kind of landscaping would best suit my lifestyle?

How much energy and time do I want to put into working in my yard?
 
If you are more hands on and desire to do a project on your own, be sure to do research in advance on what types of plants will be best suited for your needs. There are many websites and articles that can help you.  If you would prefer to have a human interaction, coming into the store to get advice is your best bet. You can then get an idea of the size and color of the plants you want to place in your yard.
 
Smaller projects such as planting flowers in a bed or a small garden may be a project you can complete yourself. If the project is larger, including hardscaping or extensive planting it is advisable that you hire someone to do the work for you. There are many factors that go into landscaping. Most important of these is the protection of your home. Improper drainage can lead to damage of your home, which may cost you more in repairs than it would have to hire a landscaping company to do the job initially!
 
A well planned landscape design is pleasing to the eyes and enhances the value of your property while including your ideas and needs for the area. However, planning a landscape is not as simple as arranging trees, plants, and shrubs on your property. To start your landscaping project you must first have a plan, which at the very least entails a written design or sketch of what will be placed in the yard.This design should include:

  • Hardscape elements- such as walkways or patios
  • Shade and flowing Trees
  • Planting Beds
  • Shrubbery and plants

Do not be afraid to experiment with new ideas and have fun creating your own design. Ideas are endless when it comes to landscaping. After you have a design for what you would like in your yard, it is time to implement this plan!

 

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