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Basics, How To Install Landscaping For Homeowners!
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Preparing a new or just adjusting your landscaping should not be very troubling if we have all of our ducks in a row. Most of us just do not know where to start when it comes to budgeting, design or even the proper installation for our landscaping needs and desires. We normally just search for the first landscape designer or landscape contractor to give us an estimate. So we can get even more into debt trying to just pay down the interest on those credit cards. I am definitely not putting down landscape contractors or designers, because I know there are still some quality and honest ones out there.

Here are a few basics on preparing to install your new landscaping or just wanting to revamp a few areas of your property. Even if you, family and friends will be installing this project. Or if can afford a licensed landscape contractor and designer.

First we always want to work within our budget and if there is not a budget well then that's great. If you decide to go with a landscape contractor and designer just make sure that they follow these procedures.

# 1: We should always make sure that the surface rain or water will drain properly. Retaining walls and underground drain piping will be sufficient to take care of any drain issues. It sure is nice not to have swells or steep slopes in the yard. When you have any steep slopes in the contour of your property then you would consider installing a few retaining walls. When the center of your property is lower than the outer areas you would consider installing some underground drain piping. Also consider installing drain piping from your down spouts to the outer part of the property underground. This will eliminate a lot of extra surface water. While installing retaining walls install some PVC piping under the walls before installation for future underground irrigation or landscape lighting ( At least two one inch PVC piping).

# 2: If you are planning to install sod and shrubs you will then need to install and underground irrigation system and believe me it will be a great investment. This will eliminate dragging a garden hose around and that would cost you time and more money on your next water bill. Also you will be ale to relax knowing that your landscaping will be water properly by an automatic timer.

# 3: Install any wood working or concrete projects after the irrigation. This will surely eliminate the hassle of digging under a deck or jetting pipes with water under the drive way. If the concrete and the decking are already there, well you will just have to dig and jet.

# 4: When installing sod or shrubs make sure of their proper locations, if the areas will be sunny or shady. Make sur to check the nutrients in the soil before installing sod or any plant material.

# 5: If you plan to install any low voltage lighting, it will be the last project to install. Low voltage lighting wire will be covered up by the mulch you intend to use for your shrub beds. The low voltage lighting will surely make a beautiful landscape come alive at night and help on security also.

So go ahead and get started gathering all the information needed and then invite your family and friends over to help install your dream landscape! Or if you can afford and can trust a licensed landscape contractor and designer then by all means get in touch with them.

Always remember to call your local utilities before any ground disturbance!


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Great Article Mark, if you had problems with your lawn after reading this you shouldn't have any.

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  about 9 years ago

Great informative article Mark, more gardeners should follow this advise, it would put me out of work.

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  about 9 years ago
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