Landscaping is performed on a piece of property to improve upon its visible features. Many people add mulch, stones, plants, trees, shrubbery, walkways, patios, and even bridges when landscaping. Before landscaping, you should have an idea of what you want done to your property. There are many different styles to choose from. There are Italian, Japanese, Spanish, tropical, formal, informal, desert, cottage and much more types of gardens. Good focus points are always ponds, statues, and fountains. Gazebos are a nice touch is you want a spot to just relax. They also provide protection from the sun and other elements.
First, you need to decide what you would like done to your yard. What type of changes do you want? Do you want something small or dramatic? You need to research what types of designs there are and what it takes to keep them looking nice. If you don’t have the time or desire for upkeep, stay small and simple. It’s very important to know if you want plants and flowers added. You should look up what the plants need to survive, if you are willing to take care of them, and what climate they best survive in. Whatever you decide, make sure you pick a design that fits with the style of your house. Money is a huge factor when landscaping. Make sure you do research for the price of the landscape that you want. Then decide and create a budget according to your plans.
You should also know if you would like to use mulch or rocks. Mulch provides many benefits to plants root systems and it also supplies nutrients to the soil. Mulch also retains water and prevents weeds from growing. That will save you a lot of time from weeding and watering your plants. There are many types of mulches such as wood, compost, straw, hay, needles, plastic, brick and fabric. Stones however are very low maintenance. There are paving, wall, boulders, slab and stair, and boulder stones. Many people make patios and walkways out of stones. Be sure you know what style and colour stone you want before ordering them.
Finally, you need to find the right contractor. A simple search online or through the phonebook should provide many landscaping businesses. Also, ask around. Your neighbours may have had landscaping done or know a contractor who does an exceptional work, or one who has a reasonable price. Before you hire anyone, make sure that they are licensed. Always ask for samples of their work and even visit their business to get a feel of how professional they are. Often, the city you live in requires a permit to make these changes. Look into what your city wants and verify if it is your responsibility or the contractors to obtain the permit. Last, but not least, is making sure your contract is exactly what was agreed upon. Do not sign anything if the numbers are different, the deadline is not included or incorrect, or if something is missing.