7 Pro Tips

Here are 7 Pro Tips on How to Have a Fantastic Landscape Designed and Installed on Your Property

1. Ask Yourself the Right Questions.

Before you decide to contact a professional landscaping company, you should ask yourself some specific questions, such as:

How do I want to use my transformed outdoor space?

How do you live your life on a daily basis? What kinds of things do you do outside at different times of the day? How do you use your property on the weekends? Do you like to plant vegetables, fruits, berries, or herbs? What is missing right now that you need to fully enjoy it?

Who will be using it with me?

Do you have children or grandchildren or an extended family? What about pets? Do you engage in any outdoor activities? Do you host parties often? Do you have dinner guests? Do you belong to any clubs?

– Why do I want to have a beautifully landscaped property

You have so many options and styles at your disposal. To help you narrow these down, it helps to understand exactly Why you want to transform your property.

Give some thought as to what you want to gain from your transformed outdoor space. Uncovering your “Why?” is a necessary part of creating a great plan to allow you to achieve your dreams.

2. Know Your Budget.

Before you decide to contact a professional landscaping company, you should ask yourself some specific questions, such as:

Another thing you need to decide on early is your budget for the project. The style that you are looking for can have a big impact on how much your installation will cost.

Is your dream property:

  • an elite, executive style outdoor gathering place?
  • a rustic, primitive, cottage garden?
  • a serene spot for quiet meditation and yoga?
  • a professional level greenhouse setup?

Your purpose will dictate how much you will need to invest in making your dreams a reality.

That being said, it is possible to create some truly elegant designs on a reasonable budget. Let’s talk and we’ll go over your options.

3. Take the Climate into Account.

In Pennsylvania, the climate is pretty seasonal. There are some variations in altitudes as well. If you have any special concepts or plants you are interested in, these should be appropriate for the local environment.

Plants can add character, color and texture to a property. But you need a correct approach for the local climate and you need to become familiar with the best types of plants for our area. If you’d like, you can check the online interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to guide you.

A well thought out selection of climate appropriate plants is a cornerstone for successful, attractive landscaped yard or garden. We can go over some specifics in your consultation.

4. Think about irrigation and water conservation.

If you want plants, you need to get the right amount of water and nutrients to them on a regular basis.

The layout and size of your new space will have implications for your system of watering and feeding your plants.

If you concerned about wasting water, whether for ecological or financial reasons, we can talk about how to minimize waste.

5. Remember that plants grow and evolve .

The right approach to a landscaping project is to think of it as living art that will continue to evolve and grow through the generations.

Vines can be planted that will spread across walls. They can take over natural and man-made structures and form living canopies and entrance/walkways. Hedges create attractive and natural barriers that provide beauty, privacy and character.

The goal is to allow plants to establish and thrive so they can add to the long-term beauty of the landscape.

6. Consider other factors.

There are of course some other things to look at when planning a major transformation of your outdoor property.

For example, do you need something low maintenance, or are you ready to put in the work (or have someone else do it) to maintain a complex property?

Do you value privacy? Would you like some natural or manmade barriers put into place?

Do you have any kind of particular element or concept you would like to see on your new property?

Landscaping Elements:

  • Luxurious lawns
  • Specific shapes, colors or styles
  • Geometrical themes
  • Brick or stone walkways or walls
  • Outdoor seating areas
  • Lighting sources, colors and effects
  • Grilling, smoking or cooking areas
  • Thematic statues or art
  • Grand, colorful gardens.

7. Be Aware of Poor Industry Practices.

Poor planting practices are relatively common in the landscape industry. Unfortunately, this often results in a high failure rate for new plantings.

Plants are living things and sometimes, they fail to thrive in new locations. Proper horticultural practices should be used to give new plants the best possible chance to thrive.

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