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Landscaping 101

Typically, before starting a landscaping project it is necessary to study any limitations of the project, such as sun or shade exposure, drainage, neighboring buildings, types of materials and the general topography. It is also important to identify poor soil quality and to know what must be done to provide the environment for healthy foliage. You must also prepare the entire area for the size of the landscape project, especially if it’s a BIG LANDSCAPE project.

After that comes a sketch of the general layout as to your desires. A formal plan can then be drawn establishing the master design.

Many people often perceive landscaping as creating a garden containing lawns, trees, shrubs and plants. However, the construction of buildings, walls, pathways, and fountains or pools may also be included. Part of the initial phase must also include watering and lighting systems and their respective plumbing and routing.

Once the basic phase is completed, creating the desired look or theme is next. This may be accomplished by adding proper shrubbery, trees, plants, rocks or boulders and benches.

Conforming landscaping of your home has many rewards. Not only can it provide pleasure and make you feel good, it can also increase the value of your property and do quite a lot for property curb appeal. There are studies that have been made that show how proper landscaping design and layout can increase the value of a home by five to ten percent.

As with any endeavor there are consequences. The upkeep and maintenance of your garden can be as difficult or easy as you make it. You may chose to delegate the hard work to someone else or you may enjoy it enough to get your hands dirty. Either way, keeping your garden in peak condition will help safeguard your real estate investment