by April Reinhardt
(last updated October 17, 2016)
A well-designed landscape can not only enhance the beauty of your home and land, it can add value to your property. You've probably traveled through neighborhoods where some of the homes have beautiful landscape designs. Yet in those same neighborhoods, other properties may look trashy or cluttered because the homeowner has simply littered their landscape with yard ornaments, misplaced shrubs, or ornamental grasses.
If you want to avoid the pitfall of having your landscape looking cluttered and ill organized, it's best to plan your landscape design before you turn that first shovelful of dirt in your yard. Your landscape design can be as simple or intricate as you desire, and you can plan your design using paper and pencil, or with elaborate computer software. Whichever method you choose, here are some tips for landscape design:
Once you're finished designing your landscape and are ready to begin the project, obtain all of the necessary permits and locate the underground utilities before you begin digging. If you're project is large, you may need to arrange to have a dumpster situated on your property to haul away trash and debris after demolition. Prepare your site by protecting the plants that you plan to keep. Ask the professional landscape designer to visit your site every so often and continue to ask for his advice at each juncture of your project through its completion.
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