Planning For Your Landscape Project Can Save You Money.
So many landscapes we come across have the result from a continued transplant habit. What we mean by this is that the owner selects the blooming plant that day and find a place in their yard for it. After time, the landscape is a collective mixture of varieties that flower only during two weeks, continuously die off because of their zone, or overgrow its neighboring plantings due to size and growth rate. In the end, plants die or are dug up to be moved/tossed as the season unfolds its maturity.
As a designer for Evergreen Landscape, we would like to be there for you from the beginning. We always wish we could have been present right at the start of the creative phase, right when the landscaping design itch started! Your home can save time and money by having your landscape assessed first. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can save money on your landscape design this season!
What Is Your Style?
This is one of our favorite processes we love to walk homeowners through. What is your color preferences? What is the style of your neighborhood and your home? What level maintenance is your preferred landscape? What type of budget do you have to work with? We have a specific style assessment we will walk you though in the design process, so you can discover the best landscape to fit your needs. We will even look at factors such as residence size, family, entertaining needs, animal needs, and zero in on areas of landscape usage to put in right the first time.
Every home is different. Plants that are selected with the best intention without research and knowledge of your home’s locations can be left straggly and diseased if placed in the wrong spot. So many factors can interrupt heathy growing as well. Lighting and soil composition. Privacy and plant preferences. Our solution to overcome the unknowns of poor performing plants is to perform an EverGreen Landscape Assessment.
Every landscape should have its own assessment to determine key characteristics and challenges of the design location. For your home, the assessment identifies trouble spots for drainage and dry spots. It reveals ground cover requirements and opportunities for focal features. Also, there are plenty of areas that costs can be brought down if you are willing to have younger plants installed instead of already mature plants.
Lived In Gardens (Future Hardscaping)
Many homeowners feel confident in adding the occasional plant variety themselves, but aren’t as decisive about patio or walkway additions. And this is the point where we meet many homeowners in the landscape design journey. The desire to create more from your yard and be able be live in the garden becomes the next phase in the homeowner’s journey. This is where planning for hardscapes comes in. Hopefully the current plantings that have been so lovingly chosen and planted will fit the design space of your patio or front seating area.
It is always a shame to have to uproot a favorite plant and we do prefer to transplant with the new hardscape design, but this isn’t always able to be accomplished with shrubs and mature varieties each season.
This is another way you can protect your investment. If you know you’d like to add a hardscape at some point in the future, but just not at this present moment, we will include a hardscape projection so that your current landscape design will pair well with any future projects you’d like installed at a future time. The benefit is that we actually help you understand your usage for the two of you , but will they have a table for four or six and will the patio be too small, or is there a way in the future to phase the patio to make it multilevel in the future. As you can see, even with hardscapes and planning, design can save money.
Unidentified Problem Areas
Even something as simple as homeowners that feel they have to park their car just off the driveway to create pedestrian space is a simple problem that can be solved. Are there a lot of cars that require room or too narrow a walkway. Some homeowners deal with a landscape issue for more than 10 years without realizing there was a problem – or an easy solution!
When people come to your door, do find yourself parking up to create more room? Or can you get out of the front door without walking into the grass due to the correct size stoop or walkway? Our solutions are brought to each individual issue and provide hardscape projects such as expanding the walkway down or adding driveway ribbon so your access isn’t right in front of the car or front door.
If you often feel cramped at your front door while greeting guests, an additional outdoor foyer can expand the space at your entrance. We commonly see this when homeowners have to step off the stoop to get into the front door or say good bye to visitors. You can add a larger stoop, an extra step, or even a gathering space decorated with attractive planting pots!
Also, in the same thought with plantings, you want to add the right landscaping plants to attract people to the front door with proper landscaping. Homes with multiple front door problems can be made confusion free through designed landscaping. One door is made the focal point and a planting flow, lighting, and direction is structured around it. Shrubs can be placed to hide the secondary door to dissuade usage.
A landscape designed in advance helps you think through all you’d like your outdoor space could be, but it also helps you identify cleanup and maintenance requirements, thus saving you time. Do you want to cozy up in the backyard to a nice fire pit? Have you considered the difference between wood or gas? Smoke commonly accompanies wood fire pits and come with the maintenance of purchasing firewood and continuous fire stoking. With a gas pit, there is a cost for the gas source, but you don’t have to be concerned about continued stoking maintenance.
As far as maintenance costs go for your plants, we also perform an assessment of what kinds of plants you will want. Many homeowners tell us they want low maintenance, but that means different things to different people. We can replace the maintenance of plant by installing lots of hardscapes. If a client wants a prairie garden or perennial garden we commonly discuss grasses because they are low in maintenance.
For patio pavers, we discuss weeds that commonly grow between the bricks and types of filler that can cut down on weed growth. We will discuss with you what types of perennials or plantings would be best.
Native plants can be the most adaptive, so there is less cost on fertilizer and watering and can eventually be self sufficient. However, there is a certain type of look that natives provide which can look messy or unmanicured to some homeowners, and lots of perennials (whether native or not) are more maintenance than trees and shrubs. So, walking a homeowner through an assessment of what they consider low maintenance will help determine how many perennials and what kinds we would suggest.