Choosing a Landscaping Design Company

Like most people, your home is probably the biggest investment you have made in your life. A great way to enhance this investment is to landscape your yard or garden. Again, if you are like most people, you may have only a small knowledge about the principles of landscaping so it may be a better idea to hire a landscaping design company rather than attempt to create a design yourself.

Whether it is your first time to landscape your garden or you are looking into changing the look of your existing garden landscape, hiring a landscaping design company is the easiest way to get the job done. Designing a garden or yard landscape can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately, there are many competent and reliable landscaping professionals that can handle the work for you and ensure you achieve the results you want.

A landscaping design company will work with you to create a landscape design tailored to your needs and preferences. However, it is also the responsibility of the designer to give you expert advice and ensure that you make the right choices from selecting plants and other materials to proper layout, lighting and other concerns.

A landscaping design company consists of landscape professionals such as designers and architects. A professional landscape designer may or may not have a landscaping degree or a license. On the other hand, a landscape architect should have both in order to practice landscaping. In the project has many “issues” such as slopes and high terrain, the services of a landscape architect may be necessary.

If you would also require landscape construction or installation services in addition to design, the landscaping design company will be able to refer to you to a landscape contractor. Alternatively, you can choose to work with a design-build company, which is a firm that employs both designers and contractors.

When choosing a landscaping design company, do not forget to request for references from past clients and ask to see their work portfolio. It would also be good if you can check the sites that they designed. Find out how long the company has been in the business, their professional affiliations and if they are insured and licensed.

It is recommended to evaluate a few companies before making a decision. Be sure to let the company know how much you are willing to spend. Your chosen landscaping design company should present to you a written service contract with detailed project specifications, costing, and schedule.

How the Input of a Landscape Gardener Can Dramatically Change Your Garden

In Britain we are quite lucky in that we often have some outside space with our homes. Although the weather isn’t always amenable to sitting in it all year round, we still look at it from the inside on many occasions, every single day.

It is surprising then that we don’t make more of our gardens, not only for how they look but also how they are used.

Most people pop down to the garden centre when the weather picks up to get some plants etc. We tend to keep our lawns mowed and weeds removed, but we really don’t use our gardens to their full potential. When we think about how much we spend on doing our houses up, our gardens tend to come a poor second. This is even more surprising considering many more people see the outside of our houses than the inside!

Time, money, motivation and ability all play their part in how our gardens look. Clearly someone who is working full time, has children and other responsibilities isn’t going to be able to dedicate as much time to their garden as an active, retired couple who are interested in gardening. This is often very evident when taking a look at people’s gardens.

So what is the solution? Yes we could carry on pottering about, keeping our gardens looking presentable and weed free but what else could we do?

The answer is a landscape gardener. Although you might think that is something you can’t afford, add up all the wasted plants you have bought over the years because they weren’t right for your particular type of soil or grass. Think of how much time and effort you have put into your garden, only for it to look distinctly average.

A landscape gardener will be able to change your garden in a way that suits you and your budget. No matter how big or small, the space will be utilised far more effectively than the average person could imagine. So if you like sitting out in the garden in all weathers a landscape gardener can make you a zone to do so, perhaps incorporating a gazebo and heater to allow you to do so. Maybe you need to have a space for the children and a separate space for you, a landscape gardener will work out a way for you to do this. Your flowers will last as they will be planted in a suitable area, you could get more privacy with the use of strategically placed plants, the options are endless.

The results will last for many years too so make a very worthwhile investment. A garden transformation could even add value to your home!

Landscape Gardening

Few people know how to improve their gardens. Many of us have grown so accustomed to the vertical rectangular beds of flowers and the quadrangle greenery zones, that we don’t even get to think how to change that. Landscape gardening is the way to increase the natural look of your garden and turn it into something more beautiful and attractive. Many people would give a lot of money to achieve a better look of their gardens. But why spend a sum of fortune, when you can actually do it yourselves? Yes, yourselves. Landscape gardening can be done by almost everyone with basic carpentry skills. It is an easy procedure that virtually transfers your garden into architectural beauty.

What you need is some time off, and some cedar boards and screws. The idea came to me from a garden project magazine, where architecture of simple raised strawberry and herb gardens was presented. By that time I already had my rectangular flowerbeds in the backyard, and I was getting really tired of them. Suddenly, to my mind cropped up that raised gardens could be used not only for strawberry or herb growing. It could be used to enhance the landscape of my own commonplace garden! That was my first step in landscape gardening. My second one was that I ran to the garage and picked up my carpentry tools, which I was going to use for the construction.

How did the construction work take place? I used similar plans like those in the magazine for creating raised strawberry garden tiers. The difference was that I made three large squares out of the cedar boards size 1” to 6”. The design was simple and the price of all was close to minimal. Remember that doing landscape gardening and creating a new design for you garden doesn’t always include expensive operations and sophisticated skills. You just need to keep the enthusiasm, and that will certainly happen if carpentry is your passion. It happened to become mine and doing my design gave me great satisfaction.

My idea was to build some kind of a pyramid, by putting the largest square, 48 ” on a side, at the basis. The second square was 32” on a side, and was put over the soil of the first one, at a 90 angle to the one beneath it. The top square, size 21” on a side, was put over the second one, turned at 90 angles to the one beneath it. It worked perfect and the result was overwhelming!

Afterwards I built two more sets with one and two levels, and my garden really became futuristic. The vertical levels gave a broader perspective of the garden, and wholly changed the landscape. The squares looked like diamonds, when they were turned at an angle. I composted the soil and replanted the potted perennials, which I had uprooted during construction work. The pyramid was located at the center of the garden, and that turned out to be the perfect place. With each tier having been turned at a different angle, different diamond shapes and multi-dimensional structure occurred. I created a number of triangular shapes as well. In winter, all the different shapes would make my garden more interesting. The cedar boards added to the woody atmosphere. After some time, they would acquire silver-gray color that would give some authenticity of the landscape. I put strategically orientated fieldstones, bricks and stepping-stones, so that a more naturalistic look was acquired. This way of landscape gardening not only changed the flatness of my garden by adding vertical dimensions, but it also created beautiful series of interesting patterns.

Of course, that was just an example. If you get involved with landscape gardening, you can find your own ways to make your garden more attractive. The important thing is to use your imagination. Landscape gardening doesn’t require anything more than this. The expenses are negligibly small, and you don’t need to be a professional carpenter to understand what it is all about