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Professional Landscape Design vs Do It Yourself

Anne Marie DiMatteo | 4 September, 2014 | Landscape Design

professional landscape design vs DIYMany people think that they can replace the work of a professional without a lot of effort. Sometimes, this is true. But, in other cases, you are almost always better off hiring someone who can do the job right the first time. When you want professional landscape design, there really is no easy way to skimp on costs or services. If you treat your property like the treasure it is, and arrange for professional landscaping design and maintenance, your land will be beautiful and useful for many years to come.

Investment

One of the biggest concerns many homeowners have about professional landscaping is the cost. And yes, hiring a landscaper has a higher initial charge than doing it yourself. However, there are other factors in play. A professional knows how to create a design that will last for the long haul. You will be less likely to lose interest in the layout after just a short time. And, professionals perform the tasks correctly the first time. The cost of greenery may seem like a bargain. But, if you have to pay for it several times because your trees keep dying, the costs add up. If you look at landscaping as an investment in your home that improves your resale value and your enjoyment of the property, you will understand why it takes money.

Design

Professionals add a layer of depth to the design that you may simply not have to do it on your own. They have years of experience with land like yours, in your area. You may be interested in creating a sustainable landscape, which has a more cost-efficient or resource-efficient design. A local landscaper knows how to tailor your yard to fit your specifications, and to work with your existing land to make it happen. They can prepare your property to work well with long, cold winters in Massachusetts.

Efficiency

When you decide you want something really special from your land, you probably need professional guidance. Is drip irrigation in your future? This is a very effective way to water your lawn and gardens without wasting as much water. But initially, setting up the system can be very tricky. A professional talks to you about your native plant design or edible gardens, and helps you create a watering system that maximizes efficiency without under or overwatering your plants.

Technology

Anyone who has ever done DIY landscaping knows that there is a lot of equipment to use for various situations. None of it is cheap to rent or buy, and many machines are difficult to use. You might not need much if you are starting with a flat surface. But, what if you need to re-landscape the area? At the moment you need to remove a tree or shift a great deal of dirt, you will be much happier hiring someone else to do the job. Not only do professional landscapers know how to use the equipment effectively, they have a commitment to their clients’ safety.

Maintenance

Like any other part of homeownership, your relationship with a professional landscaping service goes two ways. The company hopes to be with you at every step of the way, including:

  • design

  • purchasing

  • installation

  • maintenance

After all, you want the person who comes to mow your lawn and tend your garden beds to know your garden as well as you do. That way, there’s no worry that they will destroy what you both have worked so hard to create.

With the right services, you too can enjoy a delightful outdoor landscape. Professional landscaping design, after all, is an investment for the future.

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