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AWELL designed landscape can add value to
your home and ensure that you and your family
enjoy your outdoor spaces.
With the trends going towards usable outdoor
spaces and outdoor living , it is worth engaging the
services of a professional to ensure that your garden
does what you want it to.
There are several things that will affect the way
your garden is designed and planted. These include
if you have pets, if you have children, if you want to
entertain or simply relax, if you need a pool or spa,
the usability of your garden (growing vegetables
and herbs etc), the amount of maintenance you’re
prepared to undertake, and the budget that you have.
Landscaping is simply the art of designing and
constructing a garden. There are two elements
to landscaping – hardscaping and softscaping.
Hardscaping simply refers to the inanimate parts
of the garden such as retaining walls, decks, water
features and so forth. Softscaping is the living part of
the garden the plants, trees and grasses.
Many landscaping professionals offer a wide variety
of ser vices including excavation, paving , concreting,
installation of irrigation, rendering , lighting , plant
selection, water features and decking, amongst others.
Landscaping professionals design the garden, put
the project into place and manage the project, and
ensure that the various elements of the job are being
completed on time.
When selecting a garden design, it is important
to look at all aspects of the garden to ensure that
elements are correctly placed. You will need to
consider privacy, views, and lighting amongst others.
Gardening , more so than landscaping , is about
the ongoing maintenance of the garden to keep it
looking its best. There are plenty of maintenance tasks
to undertake such as watering , mowing the lawn,
weeding the garden beds, replacing and/or adding
plants, pruning shrubbery and trees and so forth.
Ask yourself if you are prepared to undergo the
maintenance required or if you would prefer to get
a professional in to do it for you. There are many
professional landscaping and gardening companies
that will do the work to a high quality for a reasonable
cost – leaving you to reap all the rewards!
If you are planting new plants yourself, a nursery
will be able to help you select the correct plants for
your area. Choosing plants for your local conditions
means that they will thrive.
A landscaping project can be quite considerable
costwise, so a good rule of thumb to try and stick to is
to not spend more than ten percent of the total value
of your home on the garden. This amount of money
includes all of the elements of the garden, not just the
If you have a limited budget initially, try to spread
the project out over a number of years as your budget
allows.Because a new garden is such an outlay, try to
keep the design as simple and classic as possible, so
that it will be lasting and timeless.
A landscaping professional is able to carry out
many services for you such as consultation, design,
coordination of tradespeople, liaising with local
governments, helping obtain building approvals and
development applications, sourcing of materials and
handling of payments.
This comes under project management and the
professional may charge a fee for this service so it
is best to ask what their fee is, if any, before hiring
them. If you have had a garden design drawn up,
ensure that the design is as detailed as possible, so
that the quotes you receive are accurate.
Also ask to see the professional’s qualifications,
references and ask what experience they have had.
You want the professional to share your vision so
comfort with the professional should be a major factor
in your decision.
If you are a hiring a professional to do garden
maintenance, ask what their fees are for various
ser vices. Compare these fees in order to get an idea
of how much things cost. A sk what experience they
have and ensure that you see their qualifications. If
possible, get references from other clients.
Landscaping and gardening
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