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Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Professionally Installed GardensGardens are typically beautiful, as long as they’re planned well and someone cares for them over time, right? What are some reasons to have your garden built by a professional landscaper, like someone from Vista Pro Landscape & Design?

Idea Generators

For starters, professional landscape designers are great at generating ideas about what a garden could/should look like and where it could/should go in your yard. Work with one and you’ll be able to ask lots of questions, get informed answers, and “bounce ideas off of them.”

Expert Configurations

A professional landscaper thinks of things the ordinary person probably doesn’t… like what direction to orient the garden so that it gets the kind of sun or shade that’s best for what’s planted in it. Also, does it need fencing to protect against certain animals in the area? How’s the soil that’s already there? Is it fertile or dead? Does new soil need to be brought in? Or fertilizer? A professional understands both the macrocosm and microcosm details of an area, and how a garden relates to the larger ecosystem around it.

Conceptual Designs

With regards to a garden “making sense” in a certain space, a professional landscape designer not only analyzes the site, but also comes up with a couple conceptual designs for the homeowner to pick from. Once the design is narrowed down to what the homeowner truly wants, then the designer gets to work with construction planning. He or she will come up with a plan to actually build the garden in a sustainable way– after all, people want their gardens to last a long time so they need to be ultimately sustainable.

A More Efficient Bang For Your Buck

Furthermore, a professional landscaper can help the property owner with figuring out their budget. While most homeowners have pretty grand ideas for what they’d like, oftentimes they’re not able to afford all the “bells and whistles” they listed on a piece of paper. Okay– then the landscaper gives an account of what costs what, such that the homeowner decides what to “keep” in the plan, and what to get rid of because it’s too costly or not really needed. For really elaborate gardens to be built, they can require a lot of time and money– they might need to be built in phases over the course of a couple years as the budget allows.

Project Manager

Working with a professional landscaper on garden plans is a good idea because he or she becomes your contractor liaison and/or project manager, taking the stress off you. Should something unexpected “pop up” during construction, they’re going to handle the issue– not you.

Now’s a good time to talk over your garden ideas with someone from Vista Pro; please call 301-805-0119 to get started, or use the online contact page.

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

As the spring season swoops in and revitalizes the outdoors with new life, it is time to prepare your soil for spring gardening. Here are a few ways to get your soil ready for planting this season. Compost/manure Compost provides soil with a fresh infusion of nutrient-rich organic matter, improving its ability to absorb water… Continue Reading

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

If you love having a beautiful backyard, but aren’t a big fan of all of the upkeep that it takes to maintain the lawn, you might be interested in installing a low-maintenance alternative to grass instead. Whether you’re looking for drought-tolerant options or a set-it-and-forget it ground cover, there are plenty of plantings to consider.… Continue Reading

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

Summer growing season might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to call it quits in your vegetable garden just yet. If you’re still itching to spend some more time in the garden, August is the perfect time to plant a fresh round of fresh veggies to harvest in the fall.… Continue Reading

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Japanese beetles were first found in North America in a New Jersey nursery in 1916. With no natural predators to regulate their populations, the insects soon began to devour plants in gardens up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Today, the Japanese beetle is still one of the most common and destructive invasive pest species in… Continue Reading

Why You Should Mulch Out, Not Up

Why You Should Mulch Out, Not Up

Spreading mulch around trees doesn’t just serve an aesthetic purpose; it helps the tree to absorb water and nutrients as well. If you don’t mulch your trees correctly, however, it can actually do more harm than good. The most common mulching mistake is the practice of building mulch up around a tree trunk, rather than… Continue Reading

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

This time of year, roving herds of deer are a common sight in neighborhoods in Maryland. In addition to being a dangerous nuisance to drivers, whitetail deer can also be a real headache for gardeners. Deer love to munch on plants like hostas, pansies and impatients. They’re also fond of many of the same fruits… Continue Reading