Should you hire a professional landscaping company or not…that is the question. You have to weigh the pros and cons, use some common sense and ask yourself some important questions first.
- Is this my first landscaping project?
- Am I planning on doing a little area or a big area?
- Do I understand such technical things as drainage, pitching and so on?
- What kind of plants work best for what I want to do?
- Do I understand how plants work together in landscaping?
- Do I want just flowers, flower and bushes, flowers and trees or all of them?
- What kind of landscaping would be best for my lifestyle?
- How much work and time do I want to put into working in my yard?
There is a lot of information you need to know if you want your landscaping to last a long time. One good rainstorm could wash away all your hard work. Your best bet is to either do some research online or go to your local garden center or local landscaping company. It’s better to go to professionals that make this their life’s work than your local chain stores for this type of information.
If you would like to try some landscaping yourself, it is suggested that you work with a small area first. Do you want a small rock garden, a flower bed or a flowerbed with built up levels? To get the most out of your garden creation, you need to research the type of plants you would like to implement in your garden. Some plants flower all summer long. Some only in spring, early summer, late summer and fall. You can arrange your plantings so that you have different colors for their prime part of the season. This can keep your garden exciting and colorful.
You also need to plant flowers in accordance to their height and spread. Some plants grow taller than others, so they need to be planted accordingly. Some of your plants are ground plants that spread along the ground, so those would most definitely need to planted in the very front of your garden or they would never be seen and probably die because the other taller plants would rob them of much needed sunlight. There really is a lot of pre-planning and research to be done before you start planting.
Now, if you want to go for a bigger project and have never landscaped before, you should hire a professional. You might not like spending the money, but if landscaping is not done properly, you could end up with some serious consequences. Some of these consequences could end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. To give you one of the worst case scenarios, if you have landscaping done around your house and the pitch for drainage incorrect, this could case foundation damage to your home…leaving a very costly bill.
If you hire a professional landscaper, they should understand all the techniques to avoid these kinds of situations. Please make sure you get references, do some checking on their other completed projects, and check with federal and local business resources on their qualifications. We are talking about your home here and you need to protect her and keep her safe. When you do make a decision on a professional landscaping company you should be rest assured that they will make all the appropriate choices regarding your home. You should also be able to tell them exactly what you want, and they will be able to tell you if that is attainable. Whatever route you decide to take, just make sure that your end result is spectacular and that is will be something you will enjoy for a long, long time.
Question: Jimmie, I know you have been in business for like 40 years and have seen it all!! We are considering finally installing a pool this year, can you recommend a reliable, ethical pool company to use? I understand if you don’t want to recommend one publicly. You can email some of your choices if you can.
Answer: THE BEST POOL IS YOUR NEIGHBOR’S POOL! LOL!!
Question: Jimmie, I have been having trouble with rabbits eating my pansies and other tender winter plants. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you so much for your time! –Nancy P. in Celina
Answer: Hi Nancy! Like most active animals, your friends were getting hungry due to lack of food sources that time of year. With rabbits, it often helps to have a small amount of annual Ryegrass planted nearby which they prefer. It might be over-seeded turf or used as a winter cover crop for your vegetable garden. Blood Meal can also help, it is a good source of slow release nitrogen, but if you have dogs, they love to roll in it and do sometimes do even more damage than the rabbits! Other products now on the market that help are SCRAM!, although you need to reapply after big rains. Sometimes more cost-effective products can be effective too…like red pepper or sinking moth balls in the soil near your flowers. You might also consider planting your winter annuals in large containers. Not only would that lessen the likelihood of rabbit damage but would also make it easy to cover during extreme cold. Until next time…Happy Gardening!!
Jimmie is a Prosper resident and the owner of Absolutely Bushed Landscaping Company, an award winning, family and veteran owned and operated business created in 1980 to provide the highest quality custom Outdoor Renovation available to homeowners in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.