Starting A New Landscaping Project? Tips For Getting It Done Right

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If you have decided to landscape your own property instead of hiring a landscaper, below are some tips so you can get everything done right. When done correctly, it gives your home great curb appeal, and if you sell your home at a later date it makes it much more attractive to buyers.

Land Surveyor

If you are planning to landscape near your property line, you should hire a land surveyor before you get started. For example, if you build a fence, plant trees, or plant shrubs and go over the property line, your neighbor could complain, and you would have to take everything down. This could be costly, as well as time consuming, so hire a land surveyor to mark your property lines for you.

The land surveyor will come to your home and place a marker at the corner of your party to establish the boundary lines. If you think your neighbor will complain, show them these markers so they will know that you have the right to do what you want.  Ask the surveyor from a place like Krause & Gantzer to give you a report showing the property lines just in case any future neighbors start to complain.

Flower Gardens

Create some beautiful flower gardens in your yard. Before you start decide where you want to place them. Most flowers need a lot of sun so take time to see where the areas of your yard gets the most sun. Go outside on a sunny day to see where the sun is. Go outside in the morning, right before lunch, after lunch, and then a few hours before the sun goes down, and write down each time were the sun is.

Once you determine where you are going to place your flower garden and get it built, you will have to choose your flowers. You can choose perennials that will come back each year on your own. This makes it easier as you will not have to worry about replanting flowers each year.  If this does not bother you, plant annuals instead. They will die at the end of each year so you have to plant new flowers in the spring. You could also plant a mixture of both.

Visit a garden center to find the best type of flowers that grow well in your area. Choose a color theme, such as yellows and pink, or red and white, blue and purple, etc. Choose flowers in different heights. Place the shortest flowers in the front of the flower bed, and the tallest flowers in the back.

Landscaping Ligh

You can really set off your landscaping at night by using lights. There are many ways you can use this lighting depending on the effect you want to create. Downlighting over a flower garden casts light down over it. If you have something like a water fountain, you can use uplighting to cast a light upward. If you have a special garden feature that you want to showcase, such as a stature, use a spotlight to showcase it.

Do not forget about your front entrance. Place a flower pot next to the door or hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers. Put a nice wreath on the door, as well as new hardware, such as a new door handle.


29 July 2015

Lawn Care Maintenance: A Year Round Effort

Most of us take great pride in our homes and do everything we can to ensure its beauty and comfort. While attending to our home's interior, we sometimes tend to neglect the lawn, especially during winter. Since moving into my "dream home" I feel compelled to maintain the lawn and garden as impeccably as I do the interior. That's why I've hired a lawn care team to see that my landscape is in tip-top shape all year round. I've learned the importance of fertilization during the late fall and early winter. Keeping the lawn trimmed during those cold winter months will help, too. The experts even help prepare my lawn for the upcoming spring. During this time, family celebrations and parties are plentiful, and I plan to have the best looking lawn on the block. I can't wait for spring to come!