Should you hire a professional landscaping company? You have to weight the pros and cons and use some common sense. You have to ask yourself some important questions first.
- Is this my first landscaping project?
- Am I planning on doing a little area or a big area?
- Do I understand such technical things as drainage, pitching and so on?
- What kind of plants work best for what I want to do?
- Do I understand how plants work together in landscaping?
- Do I want just flowers, or flowers and bushes, or flowers and trees or all of them?
- What kind of landscaping would be best for my lifestyle?
- How much work and time do I want to put into working in my yard?
There is a lot of information you need to know if you want your landscaping to last a long time. One good rain storm could wash away all your hard work. Your best bet is to either do some research or go to your local garden center or landscaping company. It’s better to go to professionals that make this their life’s work than local chain stores for this type of information.
If you would like to try some landscaping yourself, it is suggested that you work with a small area first. To get the most out of the garden you create, you need to research the type of plants you would like to implement in your garden. Some plants flower all summer long, while some only in spring, early summer, late summer and fall. You can arrange your plantings so that you have different colors for their prime part of the season. This can keep your garden exciting and colorful.
You also need to plant flowers in accordance to their height and spread. Some plants grow taller than others, so they need to be planted accordingly. Some of your plants spread along the ground, so those would most definitely need to be planted in the very front of your garden or they would never be seen and probably die because the other taller plants would rob them of much needed sunlight. There is much pre-planning necessary to have a successful landscape.
If you want to go for a bigger project and have never landscaped before, you should hire a professional. You might not like spending the money, but if landscaping is not done properly, you could end up with some serious consequences, which could end up costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. To give you one of the worst-case scenarios, if you landscape around your house and the pitch for drainage is incorrect, this could cause foundation damage to your home leaving a very costly bill.
If you hire a professional landscaper, they should understand all the techniques to avoid these kinds of situations. Please make sure you get references and do some checking on their other completed projects. We are talking about your home here and you need to protect her and keep her safe. When you make a decision on a professional landscaping company you should be rest assured that they will make all the appropriate choices in regard to your home. You should be able to tell them exactly what you want, and they can tell you if that is attainable. Whichever route you take, just make sure that your end result is spectacular and that it will be something you will enjoy for a long, long time!
Question: Jimmie, we can’t thank you enough for the advice you have provided my husband and I over the years! You wouldn’t believe how helpful you have been to us! We have one area out back that just drives us completely bonkers! It is where we store our trash cans, pool equipment and A/C units! This entire area stays shady and our dogs track in mud constantly! I am sure you have other clients with similar issues. I saw you the other day at Kroger, but you were with your kids and frankly, I was too shy to approach you and bother you! HaHa!! Any advice? Erin R. in Prosper
Answer: Hello Erin! Thank you for the kind words, next time you see me around town PLEASE don’t be shy! Say hello!! Heck I was probably buying something the kids just HAD to have! Now, on to your dilemma. Those areas you are describing are very typical in established residences. We generally address those entire spaces with a decorative gravel or River Rock and countersink stepping stones of the clients’ choice (I prefer flagstone). You then have no maintenance, no mud, easy access for homeowners or contractors for future maintenance/repairs etc.
Question: Jimmie, I recently received some Monkeygrass from a friend at work. I am planning to go ahead and plant it now, but don’t really know if it requires any special treatment? Any advice you can give me would be great! Pam K. in Prosper.
Answer: Hi Pam, Liriope comes in quite a few varieties. Most all of them can divide into smaller plugs most any time of year. Just plant it into well prepped garden soil and keep it moist. It’s a native ground cover here that generally thrives and does well. Most popular variety is “Big Blue” that has a nice blue/purple bloom in summer. Some people mow or weed whack it down once a year, others do not. That’s a personal preference. Until next time…Happy New Year!!
Send your landscaping and gardening questions to Jimmie Gibson Jr. at http://www.absolutelybushedlandscaping.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jimmie is a Prosper resident and the owner of Absolutely Bushed Landscaping Company, an award winning, family and veteran owned and operated business created in 1980 to provide the highest quality custom Outdoor Renovation available to homeowners in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.