By: Mitchell Knapp on June 18th, 2014
With images of relaxing outdoor dining or fun barbecues in their minds, it is not surprising that many people are interested in landscaping. Some even want to go as far as doing their own design and maintenance. While it may look simple enough, however, landscaping involves more than just a weekend spent hoeing and watering. Laborious jobs, such as weeding, digging, and lifting heavy stones, may be required, depending on the landscape design and the present condition of the yard.
New Jersey residents who choose to do their own landscaping should be aware that an amateur job might only lead to mistakes, which could take more time, money, and effort to correct. An article in HGTV.com identifies some of the most common landscaping mistakes that DIYers commit:
Part of planning a garden is also planning time to maintain it. Make up a maintenance schedule and abide by it. Garden beds need to be weeded at least once or twice a month, minimum. If you don’t have the time to take care of your garden, make sure you have enough money to pay somebody to do it.
When selecting plants, you should match the architecture of your home with the theme of your garden. Besides the plants in your garden, you need to think about your hardscape. If you are putting in a deck, for example, you need to make sure those elements of your garden also reflect positively upon your house.”
Besides style and maintenance needs, landscaping also requires the use of specialized tools. These are not just the rakes and vacuums that people can stash in their sheds, but power equipment needed for heavy-duty work. For example, many homeowners would likely not have chippers or log splitters, used to cut wood materials into small pieces. For a more thorough and beautiful finish, therefore, hiring an NJ landscaping contractor like Scenic Landscaping remains the more viable option.
A landscape company in NJ and in other places is usually manned by licensed professionals who have gone through years of education, and the necessary licensing tests. Thus, one can be assured that their knowledge in horticulture and landscape design is unparalleled. Not only can they design a yard with the right landscape architecture, they will also know which trees, shrubs, and blooms to grow and where to grow them, considering seasonality, colors, and functions.
(Source: 25 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes, HGTV.com)