Last year, the big landscaping trend seemed to revolve around “outdoor living space,” with more people expanding their living environments out into their yards, patios, and gardens. Interior design elements and accessories were repurposed for outdoor use, and a notable uptick in garden parties and backyard dining helped parents enjoy their landscaping as much as the kids. So what are the five most popular trends in landscape design right now?
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It is not always easy to decide which landscaping ideas are best when you have a small yard. Less space means you may not have a wide variety of growing conditions (full sun, partial shade, etc.), which limits your planting options. Your patio may serve double duty: outdoor dining area and kids’ playground. You may even start to think it’s simply not worth investing in a space that can’t grow.
Weeding, watering, mowing, pruning…are you really ready to start the process all over again? Let last year be a lesson to you: heavy-duty landscaping may be better left to the professionals. Consider these five ways a landscape maintenance firm can save you time and money. Then reconsider whether you want to spend another season as a do-it-yourselfer.
1. High-quality landscaping requires expertise.
As a science, landscaping is easy to underestimate. Most of us learned about photosynthesis in elementary school. Ever since, we think soil, air, water, and sunlight sum up the entire field. In actuality, there are complex factors that define how well our grass grows and whether or not our plantings will thrive. If you think you’re saving money by planting your own trees or building your own patio, you may be disappointed by the costs of the do-over work that will eventually arise.
2. Landscaping can involve backbreaking labor.
Caring for your lawn each year is nothing short of exhausting. And fall cleanup in New England is like a full-time job. While completing labor-intensive chores such as mowing and raking, you may even put your health at risk—especially if you are not accustomed to rigorous activity. Remember: landscaping costs are negligible compared to medical concerns. Your knees, your back, your heart…they’ll all thank you for calling the professionals.
3. DIY landscaping equipment may be cost-prohibitive.
Don't assume that hiring professionals to do your landscaping will prove to be unaffordable. In fact, landscaping service is often cheaper than DIY efforts that have you heading back to the home improvement store every half hour. Landscaping companies provide quality, heavy-duty equipment. They can dig holes, accomplish aeration, mow acres, and complete many other tasks much, much faster than you can. For the same cost of buying tools that need to be fueled and serviced every year, you can outsource the work…and save space in your garage.
4. Regular maintenance prevents long-run expenses.
Regular maintenance helps to ensure that your outdoor environment is at its best. For example, without regular pruning and tree-care, tree branches become susceptible to the effects of extreme weather. If you ignore your yard, you might wind up losing a major source of shade and greenery, at a replacement cost of thousands of dollars and decades of waiting. This makes the seasonal cost of maintenance services seem more than reasonable.
5. Landscape professionals have better buying power.
When it comes to your yard, you want a look that’s beautiful, timeless, and easy to maintain. The solution? Native New England plants.
Good landscaping involves much more than trimming hedges and cutting grass. If you want to uncover your property’s full potential, get to know the most important landscaping services available. With professional advice, you can create the beautiful yard you’ve always wanted.