Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Considering a DIY Landscaping Project This Year? Know When to Call Professional

In an effort to save money on home improvement projects, many area homeowners are opting to take on their own landscaping work. While some projects are perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, there are some that are better left to the professionals.

Landscape Design

You see your landscape every day and know that there is something wrong, but may not know how to address it. Certain landscape challenges, like privacy screening, correcting drainage issues, and tree selection can be costly to fix if done incorrectly. That’s where a landscape designer comes in. A designer will look at your property as a whole, not only addressing problem areas, but also coming up with a plan for enhancing your entire space to be functional and beautiful. A designer can meet with you to discuss the goals for your property (do you need more room for entertaining? A vegetable garden? More privacy?), your likes and dislikes, and any other concerns. There are often many different elements and factors that come into play when creating a new landscape, and designers can help facilitate all the planning effectively. Once you have a landscape plan, you can have it built in stages as your time and budget allow.
Bottom line: Call a professional

Many homeowners start a hardscaping job thinking it will be a simple weekend project and quickly learn it is more than they can handle. Most hardscaping jobs (like patios, walks, and retaining walls) require steps that will help the project withstand our area’s freeze and thaw cycle, and equipment that a typical homeowner might not have available or the training to use. A landscape designer works directly with a professional installation crew to make sure that all of the elements from the design plan are carried out. The designer is available throughout the entire process to answer questions from the homeowner and installation crew to avoid costly errors and second guessing.
Bottom line: Call a professional

Planting Now here is a project, that with a little research, you can do yourself and save money. Learn the best methods for planting your perennials, shrubs and trees and you won’t have to pay someone else to do it.  Your designer can plan where each plant will go, order the plants to be delivered to your home, and even place them in your landscape and offer planting advice. All you need is the time and muscles to get the plants in the ground. A word of caution – call a professional landscape company if you have plant material that is too big for you to move safely.
Bottom line: Do it yourself

Maintenance You can save money on landscaping by performing routine maintenance tasks yourself, such as mowing, watering, weeding, and pruning. Again, it requires a little research to learn the proper method for caring for different types of plants. Your landscape designer can provide you with a maintenance plan for the plants in your landscape. Just leave the big jobs, like pruning tall trees, to the professionals.
Bottom line: Do it yourself

There are ways to save money when it comes to your landscape. You just need to know when to drop your tools and call a professional.


  1. Thanks for the reminder to do it yourself. I am always amazed at how many of my neighbors -- many of whom have teenage children -- do not do it themselves. Instead, lawn service companies do everything.

  2. Yep, hiring certainly take all the sting out of a big landscaping job. we had someone in to do half of the work and supply the materials for the other half cause we were on a tight budget but having it mostly done got us into getting it all finished, lovely now i't all finished! i can't wait for next summer.

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