When you feel it’s time to tackle a landscape project at your home, it’s commonplace to think twice about starting it because of the perceived scope of the work involved. When you’ve not done much (or any) landscaping at your home before, then almost everything will be new to you. The good news is that it’s not difficult to pick up what needs to be done and if you take it one organized step at a time, you’ll get through it just fine and have a lovely looking landscaped yard at the end.
Here are three essential tips for the brave people who want to do their own landscaping at home.
Don’t Aim Too Big or Go Too Fast
When you watch television shows focused on gardens, where they offer a complete makeover, the show unveils the changes in a quick reveal only 20 minutes later. The presenter walks around and shows off the changes that were made and the viewer can see a couple of people nearby who are toiling away in the garden putting in the finishing touches. What these shows don’t reveal is that to complete their huge garden makeover in a handful of days, they had a whole team of experts come in to get the job done in record time. But that’s not your situation.
In your case, you’re far better off taking a phased approach to what needs to be done with the existing landscaping in the garden. Consider all the things that you want to get done and then decide what item comes first on the list. Then the second, and so forth. Plan out the first item and then get to work on it.
Let the Plants Tell You What to Landscape Next
A strange thing happened in a U.S. shopping mall when developers left the planned pathways without paving stones. It was a novel concept. The idea was to let the first customers decide what pathways suited them best and then to return a few months later to lay the paving stones down where was most convenient for the customers and not the architects.
Similarly, when a landscaping project is too strict and defined, it doesn’t allow for the features of the garden – the plants – to grow and morph around the new landscaping. When the plants grow out in interesting, unexpected ways, it’s not uncommon to discover that the next planned phase of the landscaping will interfere with the natural growth being observed. Let the plant life suggest what the next phase of landscaping should be and build around them, not in spite of them.
Be Aware of Any Major Changes That’ll Be Costly
When considering your landscape project, avoid getting stuck on expensive tasks that you didn’t put enough attention into from the start. For instance, the average cost of grinding a tree stump is not too bad, but it does need to be budgeted and time allocated to complete the task with the right equipment. Similarly, when your pathway has paving stones that are broken and represent a safety risk of tripping over and injuring yourself, then prioritizing these over other cosmetic landscaping changes should become a higher priority, regardless of the difference in costs.
Putting off a necessary piece of landscaping because it will cause a delay to other planned works is not the best idea. Don’t try to do too much too quickly, even if you have the money to do so because you can quickly find that you’ve bitten off more than you can reliably chew. Take things gradually, make some changes to the landscaping and piece the final look together gradually over time.