Most people have general ideas of what they want their yards to look like. Some will want a fence for privacy, others will want a garden, and still others will want trees planted for shade. A patio or deck provides space to enjoy the yard and the fresh air. People may even envision a water feature or outdoor kitchen in the back.
There are plenty of do-it-yourself (DIY) guides, videos, and televisions shows available. Home improvement stores hold free classes to make sure customers have everything they need and provide brief demonstrations. Why hire a professional to come up with a residential landscape design and do all the work when it is easy and cheap to do the work yourself?
Definitely Not Cheap!
Getting essential systems in place, purchasing machinery and tools, gathering all needed supplies, and buying personal gear is not inexpensive. By the time the DIY project actually gets started, more money than anticipated has already been spent. It is also likely that a few components have been forgotten. Hiring a landscaping contractor will eliminate most of those costs.
Knowing Where to Begin
Landscaping entails a lot more than planting some flowers and trees. Professionals can determine what condition the soil is in, what products will nourish it, and what will grow well in specific soil. Planting beautiful flowers will be in vain if they all die within a month. A contractor can also save time and money for owners by installing basic components first. Depending on the size of the yard, for example, a sprinkler system may be needed. If that is the case, it will have to be installed before anything else gets done
Help Exploring Options
Designers can also listen to ideas and preferences of property owners and present possibilities that owners never realized existed. Placing a fire pit in a small yard may seem like an impossibility to homeowners. The reality is that fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, so one can be added if that is the preference. An uneven yard can be transformed into an oasis with the inclusion of a retaining wall or edging plates.
Another reason to hire a professional is that the landscaping can be installed much quicker than if property owners do it themselves. That allows the family to spend time enjoying the yard instead of spending endless weekends creating the space little by little.