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Efficient Landscape Design
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Developing your property with a beautiful landscape design is an effective way to increase the resale value of your home. As a matter of fact, not only will you be increasing the value of your home, but you will be increasing your practical and environmental value as well. In addition, landscaping will enhance the visual beauty of your home. If you are interested in establishing a landscape design, it is suggested that you hire a professional landscape contractor and or designer. A professional will have the qualified skills needed to create a plan to enhance the land you already have.

Regardless of whether or not you hire a professional designer, it is very important for you to understand the landscaping process. First and foremost, you need to examine your grounds and develop a base plan. Make a list of what changes you would like to make and the things you would like to add. For example, installing a fountain, pond or perhaps a pool are changes that will affect your entire landscaping design. Tree and plant addition will need serious planning as well. For instance, with careful landscaping procedures, temperatures and wind conditions can be controlled by your tree and plant selection and placement. Taking the extra time to study trees and plants will also bring great benefits. However, keep in mind that this is a task that a professional landscape designer would do for you, saving you the time and energy.

Once you have analyzed your grounds and developed a basic plan, start deciding what materials you would like to use. Consider the type of sand, sod, stone, and gravel you plan to use. Do you plan to install a wall and install lighting? All of these aspects contribute to the bigger picture. Technical issues are involved as well, such as landscape drainage and excavation. It is very important for you to take the time to determine your landscape needs.

After all of your hard work and planning, it is suggested that you to put your finished design on paper. Make a blue print of every detail. This blueprint will be your guide to a new and beautiful landscape. If you decide to hire a landscape contractor, the two of you will work side-by-side with this blueprint. The contractor will use your ideas and integrate a professional design according to your personal tastes.

For those of you that do not have the extra time and effort to put together an elaborate landscape design, it is in your best interest to pay for the services of a professional. If your budget can not provide for professional plant installation and other landscape tasks, at least consider hiring a designer. The cost of for a professional landscape designer is actually the cheapest part of the process. I recommend hiring one because you will appreciate their knowledge in the end. Major mistakes will be avoided and the potential for landscape problems down the road. Once you have your blueprints, you can take your time hiring professional help in other areas as the money comes in.

Overall, a well-conceived and properly installed landscape will bring great value to your home.

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