Cost versus Price

It has been said that “You get what you pay for in life”. One question in regards to landscaping still lingers: When do you stop paying? The dreaded answer to this question is never. The truth is in some form or another, the cost of this investment in much higher than it’s price. A quality job, using higher quality grade materials will cost more up front, but will cost less to maintain its value. You may be shopping to find the best price, but more often than not, the cost to keep up the investment will become cost prohibitive and an overhaul or facelift will be needed in a few years. This mentality will only cost you more than you can ever save.

Home Improvement Investments

Landscaping 101: The Basics

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home's value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond just plantings, or softscaping. It should also include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments. Proper planning and budgeting should be done prior to any ground breaking.

Planting trees can save you money on your energy bill. Trees provide wind breaks that reduce energy demand in the winter and give shade to the property during hot summer months. Some trees will actually add value to your property. The value is based on placement, type of tree, health, and other factors and can grow in value over time.

Professional planning and installation will ensure the job gets done the right way the first time saving you money from the start.

Planning and Budgeting

Landscaping Pitfalls

One of the biggest mistake homeowners make is a piecemeal approach to landscaping without proper planning. Homeowners start to clear areas, put in a mix of plants, and proceed without a plan or any research on plants used. The result is a hodgepodge of poor quality plantings and trees that give the property a jumbled feel.

Poor Landscape Design

An implemented landscape design provides a polished look. Following a plan will lead the homeowner to a beautiful property while remaining within a pre-established budget.


Phasing a Big Job

Do you have a job larger than your budget? Thinking of scaling down that landscape design you wanted because of price? …Don’t. ...Everything doesn't have to happen at once. Consider a five-year plan that has plantings maturing at varying rates and adds various features each year, like stone boulders, rocks, and a lighting system.

By phasing the job this way you can remain within your budget (time-wise and cost-wise) while still progressing toward a complete landscape renovation around your entire property.

Phasing a Large Job

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