Landscaping Dos and Don’ts

From on September 30, 2008 in Landscaping

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Landscaping is a way of life for those who love the art, science, and exercise of it. It’s a wonderful way to interact with the earth, the flow of seasons, the changing of the light. As many people who enjoy enhancing their property’s beauty with landscaping can readily agree, a landscape is never done. Like life itself, a landscape keeps changing and evolving.

If you’re an old hand at landscaping, this never-ending process is part of the joy of it. If you’re new to landscaping, though, you might feel overwhelmed, under budgeted, and as though you don’t know where to begin. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help you keep it all in perspective, whether you’re a seasoned or beginner landscaper.

  • Do remember that you will likely never feel “done” with your landscape, so relax and enjoy the process. Simply do as much as you can, or feel up to, each season, and make peace with that. Remember, there’s always another time, another season.
  • Do realize that you will continue to build on the foundation you create in your landscape every year, so if you don’t know what to do first, do something basic and long lasting, like planting trees, shrubs, and perennials, or putting in a patio.
  • Do take the time to walk all around your grounds and look at all the views and angles. This will enhance your sense of place, enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the property, and give you some fresh perspectives. Put some attention on the view of the sky! Notice where the sun rises and sets. Learn to see your property as part of the grand scheme of things. This will elevate your mood.
  • Don’t hesitate to hire a landscaper! This can be an amazingly smart investment. If you are too busy, or don’t feel drawn to “diggin’ in the dirt,” or don’t have the physical strength or stamina, hiring a landscaper to oversee the care and maintenance of your grounds is worth every penny and then some.
  • Don’t think in terms of what you could accomplish in a certain time frame and assume that this is comparable to what a landscape professional can accomplish in the same amount of time. For example, one time I roughed out some projects that were too heavy and strenuous for me to do myself, and I guesstimated that it would take two men one hour to complete those tasks. The reality? They were finished in less than 15 minutes! Ask a professional landscaper to give you an estimate – you may be very pleasantly surprised.
  • Don’t forget that if you have the good fortune to live in a residence with any type of grounds whatsoever, you are fortunate indeed. No matter how incomplete your landscape may look to you, if it’s cared for and appreciated, its beauty will shine through.