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Your home’s landscaping makes up a central part of its character. Its personality. Costs for landscaping will hinge on the extent of your ambitions. Are you moving into a new home, working with a blank slate? Are you moving into an existing home and want the landscaping to reflect your style? Or are you revamping your own yards? Regardless of the starting point, start with the big questions before you even start thinking about designs: What do you want out of your landscape? Do you want to create more privacy and security? Do you want a landscape that requires little water or maintenance or do you want flower or vegetable beds that will keep your hands covered with dirt all spring, summer and fall? Landscaping projects run the gamut. They can be as simple as having a small lawn with a few flower beds or as complicated as intricate rolling hills and pathways, with carefully chosen plants and trees. They could include decks, ponds, decorative concrete pathways, outdoor misting systems and even fountains and waterfalls. This is an area that makes sense to find a landscaper that can give you quotes on different projects. Continue Reading
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How To Do Landscaping

vivian bauer More than 1 year ago We have owned out home for15 yrs. and need some facelifting, general clean-up and junk removal.I am not in a hurry, so please include quotes. stan webinski More than 1 year ago would like costing to install sprinkler systems Beth Pirtle More than 1 year ago What’s average cost to remove old landscaping (bushes) and replace with new? Alexander Gaskill More than 1 year ago We would hv to schedule a netting but I can take care of it at an fair honest price Karen Flynn More than 1 year ago I never thought of installing synthetic grass. That might be an option. I am not in a hurry to do this project, so quotes could include it. Betty Suber More than 1 year ago We have owned out home for 20 yrs. and need some facelifting and general clean-up. Also need trees pruned as well as shaping of some plants. ERLE Smith More than 1 year ago my lawn needs to be replaced and I am thinking about a sprinkler system voncile adkins More than 1 year ago I have a home In crestview fl. 32578, I need landscaping, how do I get some bids for the job? Ric Ricard More than 1 year ago Correction- I just got the link- below!! voncile adkins More than 1 year ago I need some landscaping done at my home I have just bought. in crestview fl.
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How To Do Landscaping

Analyze Your Skill Set If your thumb is more brown than green, or if you think the color wheel is a painted round thing for bicycles, it may be overly ambitious for you to jump into do-it-yourself landscaping. So do some research and start with a few good basics, as well as small containers, for an introduction on how to grow different types of plants in different situations and how to take a more measured and deliberate approach. If you’re fairly experienced with soil types and plants and have the time, then do-it-yourself landscaping may be just for you. Even so, an overall plan is a must so you can create a cohesive look to your do-it-yourself approach. Get more tips on how to landscape. See landscape layout tips.
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How To Do Landscaping

Figure Out Your Style Depending on the current condition of your yard and your desired end result, your gardening style may determine how much or how little you’re able to accomplish with do-it-yourself landscaping. “A landscape is really a direct expression of a homeowner’s tastes and attitudes, and it also can be a place that provides a thoughtful and deliberate spot for activities they wish to do,” says Michael Miller, president of Walden Backyards. For example, some people may be content with small tweaks to what they already have — a few beds and borders surrounding a lawn, for example. Those simpler landscapes which focus on maximizing existing elements lend themselves easily to do-it-yourself landscaping. But more formal arrangements — lots of shrubs, complicated beds, plenty of hardscaping — may require the muscle and expertise of professionals. Learn more about garden styles.
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How To Do Landscaping

Clear the Clutter It may seem insurmountable to think about do-it-yourself landscaping, but there’s a trick to get your started, Miller says. “You have to look at your yard as a palette, and to do that, you have to get the biggest offenders out of the way,” he says. For example, take a few weekends to clear clutter or remove overgrown elements. “Those are great tasks to do yourself and things that most people are comfortable with,” Miller says. Even small changes may help you step back and see your landscape with fresh eyes and help you establish a vision, which in turn helps you determine if you can take a do-it-yourself approach to landscaping. Keep your DIY landscape low maintenance too with our tips.
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How To Do Landscaping

Incorporate Hardscape Into Your Landscape Design Tom Merton/OJO Images/Getty Images Don't restrict your do-it-yourself landscaping to plants. Include hardscape features, too. Like evergreens, they provide structure in winter and much more than that. Walls and ​fences make an essential design statement, as they frame your property. When I’m driving around the countryside, I’m constantly struck by how much more “finished” the properties with fences look. Decks and arbors are other important hardscape features. Patios and decks provide transitions from indoors to outdoors.
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How To Do Landscaping

Using Form and Texture to Your Advantage Maria Pia De Stefani/EyeEm/Getty Images Flowers are great, but don't forget the characteristics of a plant's branching pattern and foliage. In landscape design, varying form and texture is one way to spice up a yard with diversity. Evergreen conifers, while lacking flowers altogether, nonetheless have foliage that offers a myriad of different forms and textures. While browsing these do-it-yourself landscaping tips, you'll discover many ways to enhance the beauty of your yard.
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How To Do Landscaping

Make Your Life Easier With a Low-Maintenance Yard RiverNorthPhotography/E+/Getty Images You can follow all the above do-it-yourself landscaping tips and still not be happy with your yard. For, besides giving your yard a pleasing appearance, you must also be sensible in planning for its maintenance. Beautiful or not, you'll resent your yard if it causes you too much work. Unless you don't mind spending hours each weekend on upkeep, plan your design for low maintenance. Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Use Drought-Resistant Plants Moises Barboza/EyeEm/Getty Images Many novices at do-it-yourself landscaping start out with high hopes in spring, only to have them dashed in summer. Why? Because the summer heat wilts all of that promising spring perkiness out of their plants! The answer? Select drought-tolerant plants to grow, instead.
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4.  Hold a certificate in horticulture or other related field from an accredited school or college that requires a minimum of 72 credit hours, which includes cooperative work experience in landscaping (if no cooperative work experience, documentation showing 6 months of related landscape experience may substitute).
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Landscaping projects run the gamut. They can be as simple as having a small lawn with a few flower beds or as complicated as intricate rolling hills and pathways, with carefully chosen plants and trees. They could include decks, ponds, decorative concrete pathways, outdoor misting systems and even fountains and waterfalls. This is an area that makes sense to find a landscaper that can give you quotes on different projects. Continue Reading

Landscape Architects and Other ProsThe key to a beautiful and successful landscape lies, in large part, in the planning. It can help you make the most of your landscaping dollars. Even those who like to do their own planting can find professional help on the planning stage immensely valuable. Going on your own, you might plant a bed of plants that require direct sun in a spot that’s too shady, or, worse, plant a tree too close to your foundation, which can compromise its integrity when the roots grow out. Landscape architects and other landscape professionals can help you choose plants that play well together. One plant, for instance, can repel insects that would otherwise eat away at its neighbors. They also can help with creating the most interesting and beautiful designs that will say within your budget.
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Water Features and DecorWhen adding features like a gazebo, pond, fountain, misting system or pond to your landscaping, make sure that you fully understand not only the installation cost but the cost of the supplies needed to build the project as well as the ongoing costs of energy and regular maintenance. For example, ponds need consistent maintenance so that they don’t grow mold or mildew. If you live in an area where winters are harsh, you will have to either de-ice or empty your pond in the winter time. If you introduce aquatic plants or fish, that is even more of a maintenance cost. Thinking about all aspects of your water features and other décor will help you with your planning and the better you plan, the better prepared you are for unexpected costs.

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