Most landscaping projects can be done at any time during the year. However, KohlerCare Lawn and Landscaping always advises that any projects involving leveling ground or building a space up which will involve disturbing turf and the need to reseed, adding a burm in which a person wants to grow flowers, tilling and/or adding fresh soil for a new or revitalized garden space, and placing dirt and/or decorative rock against a house’s foundation all take place as early in the year as possible to take advantage of the full growing season or to protect a home’s foundation from springtime rain. Laying sod should also be done before it gets too hot and the sod suffers from too much shock due to intense sunlight and higher temperatures.
I suggest that people start thinking about any landscaping project early in the season, certainly before they actually start any heavy duty work on their lawns. It is a waste of time and money for an owner to aerate their yard, fertilize, plant seed or lay sod, and then think about a landscaping project that might cause the work already done in their lawn to have to be done over. I would also suggest that owners need to focus on two important questions: Is their landscaping project meant to solve a problem or is the undertaking to beautify their grounds (or a combination of both)? If the landscaping project is to solve a problem (i.e. water run-off, pooling of water, etc.), I would suggest the owner get professional advice on how best to solve the problem so the homeowner doesn’t commit to a landscaping project that inadequately addresses the problem or solves one problem and causes another. If beautification is the goal, the owner should start to envision the image they want to present—what they want to see every day they look out their window or when they are enjoying being outside. The property owner should also take a serious look at their grounds and decide which areas would best benefit from and show off a landscaping project. A good landscape designer can help with all of these considerations and the result should be that the client receives good, new ideas, suggestions, and options to consider while still keeping the owner “in the driver’s seat.” It is, after all, the owner’s property and not the landscaper’s and the owner must live with and be happy with the results.
If inexperienced, doing your own landscaping is a lot like holding a “how to” book on plumbing in one hand and a wrench in the other. With patience, care, time, skill, and perhaps a bit of good luck, the results might be fine. On the other hand, the results might not be so great or lead to an even bigger mess. Professionals know what works and what doesn’t, which materials, plants, and grasses are going to be best for every job and which will hold up the best over time.
Professionals also know where to go to get the best materials, the best prices, and can usually complete a project in far less time than a person tackling a project on their own. Hiring a professional to do your landscaping also means having a better guarantee that the job will be done right, to the customer’s satisfaction and that there will always be someone available who knows how the original project was created so it can be maintained at its finest. Best of all, given the hectic times in which we live, when a person hires a professional to do their landscaping, they don’t have to sacrifice their own spare time or patience to get a project started and completed. For those who are a bit older or might not be in the best of shape or health, because a lot of landscaping is simply hard work that involves plenty of muscle and perspiration, hiring a professional to do the work is the only way to go.
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