Have you been working diligently with your garden, but still cannot get the results that you want? Have you always wanted a garden that was a sanctuary, but instead have a bit of a disaster area that you're not getting the most out of?
When people create gardens, they are usually looking to create an outdoor space for relaxation, or a safe play area for their family. It may be time to consider a major overhaul of your garden and dive into the world of garden landscaping.
What to Expect
Garden landscaping is a creative process that requires a tremendous amount of hard work and technical skill to complete. Most people who do not have gardens find it difficult to appreciate just how truly exhausting it is to create something that looks like a work of art out of living things.
However the payoff for this effort is high and you can expect a great feeling of satisfaction when the project is done. When you are sitting in your own garden and can let the rest of the world drift away, then you will appreciate that the expense and work was worth the reward.
How to Get Started
It is advisable to design your garden on paper before you start landscaping it. One of the worst things you can do is make it up as you go along because that does not allow you to prepare a budget, put together a list of materials, or create a realistic timeline.
You can draw your garden the way you want it, or you can invest in software that allows you to take your current yard and add your garden elements to it. A good drawing will allow you to create a list of materials you will need and that leads to creating the budget for the entire project. Your plan should also incorporate what equipment and help you will need to get the project completed. If you are not sure how to draw up or make such a plan, consider hiring a landscape designer. You can search for ones practicing in your local area here.
Tips For Good Gardens
A dream garden straight out of a magazine is probably out of most people's reach; it is deceptive how much expense and work it takes to even lay the groundwork for a truly stunning garden. However with planning, patience and clever workarounds you can still achieve the intrinsic look you are after, even if not perfectly. For instance, you probably can't wait the decades it takes for ivy to grow up and cover a wall. But you can thread already grown climbing plants on lattices and install them in front of your garden walls as a make-do. Intricately laid brick paths look beautiful in landscape magazines... but it requires skill to lay such a path as well as to maintain it. Concrete pavers make a durable and relatively inexpensive path material that is easier to install than brick.
When it comes to garden accessories, be bold and choose features you like and that impart your personality. If you like the idea of a lit water fountain or garden gnomes and statues, incorporate them into your design even if others consider them garish. Your garden is your sanctuary - that means a place you can go to get away from other people's expectations! There are many lighting options that can enhance your favorite part of the garden, including the paths, flowerbeds, driveway, patios, sculptures or water features. This website is a good resource to find an outdoor lighting specialist to discuss your ideas with.
Consider Hiring a Contractor
While it may be tempting to do your entire garden by yourself, there are many pitfalls that the amateur gardener may not be aware of. A garden landscaping contractor will possess all the skills and knowledge to ensure your hard work pays off. Even if you only bring in a contractor for the design phase to ensure your plans will work, this can be a significant saving of time and money. Most landscapers are artists at heart, and can give you good advice on colors, shape and form, and what plants will work best to achieve each look. Perhaps you chose a certain bush as your low-lying shrubbery, but the landscaper will know all the species available, and there may be one that suits your needs but requires less maintenance. Instead of guessing and losing a lot of money because you were not sure how something was to be installed, you are better off bringing in a contractor and getting it done right the first time.
When you find the right garden landscaper you should experience a synergy of ideas that result in the garden design of your dreams. The best part about hiring a contractor is that the contractor will have years of experience in bringing visions to life. Apart from the initial groundwork and planting, a contractor may be a good choice for you to retain in the long term to do occasional maintenance. This can be as simple as mowing and weeding your lawn, trimming your hedges or completely pruning your flowerbeds at the end of each season. You can find local companies that undertake garden maintenance at resources such as this one.
Finding a Good Contractor
Your first port of call for choosing a contractor should be personal referrals, or evidence of their past work in the form of magazine or online showcases. You should contact multiple companies, and in the end have at least three sets of written quotes for your project in order to compare. You may feel the first contractor you talk to is the one you want to work with, but comparisons are important to protect yourself from overcharging or over-representation.
A reputable contractor will have no problem providing their insurance coverage information and contractor license to you. A business which does not provide these may attempt to assure you that they are not needed, but you take a great risk with your investment if you accept work by an unaccredited contractor. A true professional will also be happy to refer you to some of their past clients you can call to get an idea as to what they think of the contractor's work. Take the time to properly screen each contractor and you will be doing yourself a huge favor when you make the final decision.
You can search for quotes from gardening contractors in your local online, at websites such as ESFS.