Backyard Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to your backyard landscaping project there are so many tips out there that it can be difficult to know where to start. The depth of your project will really depend on how much work you need to do. The amount of work you have to do and the types of changes you want to implement really will determine whether you should hire professionals like a landscape architect or a landscape construction company or if you can try to do the work yourself.

If you are working with stone, flagstone patios, interlocking brick or interlocking pavers then your project has probably gone over the line from a do-it-yourself project to the kind where you should hire a professional. In order to lay stone and brick properly in a way that will last over time a professional is needed. There is an art and a skill to laying stone and brick properly and although you can figure it out on your own, your work won’t look as good as professionals or last as long.

If you need to lay grass seed or sod and your backyard is small then this type of work could be done on your own. However, if you have a large area of grass or lawn to be replaced then consider getting a professional lawn maintenance company in to help you out. A lawn maintenance company is also useful if you have pests or persistent weeds giving your lawn problems. Pests like grubs and moles can destroy your lawn, whether you lay new sod or grass seed or not. As well, persistent types of weeds can continue to invade your new grass if not properly dealt with. In these situations it would be better to hire a professional rather than try to tackle the problem on your own.

When it comes to any type of home improvement project you want to make sure you have a plan in place. The same goes with backyard landscaping. You should take a look at the area in question and lay your vision for improvement down on paper. Make sure that you consider the square footage you have available. If you are considering adding new plants, trees or shrubs then consider which species will survive best in your climate and soil conditions.

The advantage of working with a professional like a landscape architect or landscape designer is that they can make good recommendations on the features that you could include in your backyard that will fit within your budget. A professional landscaper has access to quality products and materials that you can incorporate in your backyard project that will give it the unique look you are after.

Working with a professional on a big project is a good idea to ensure that it is completely properly. You want to make sure that your money is well spent and if you attempt things yourself and make mistakes you will be spending more money in the end. Whether or not you choose to work with a professional, if you are adding water features, outdoor lighting, a deck, new patio or interlocking brick you should have a realistic plan in place before you start your backyard landscaping project.