New At Landscaping in Central Oregon? Try These Tips!
Central Oregon is a challenging place to exercise your green thumb. Vohs Landscaping has the experience and the expertise to help your dreams grow. Here’s what you need to know, in order to start your landscaping renovation.
Unless you are a master landscaper, consider hiring a company to help you. It’s great to be a do-it-yourselfer, but some think that they can save money by not using a company. In fact, the opposite might actually be true. A professional can determine the exact chemicals, treatments, and care that your lawn needs, resulting in fewer mistakes, less work and usually a reduced cost.
Also, when purchasing landscaping materials, cheaper is seldom better. Yes, these materials will save you money. But most of the time, the quality of these materials is not always top notch. Ask neighbors, whose yards are working well which brands are the best.
Tip # 1: Always use odd numbers of plant groupings. It is more pleasing to the eye and more natural looking to see groups of 3, 5 or 7 plants than groups of 2, 4 or 6. Aim for plantings that are more triangle-shaped than square-shaped, and your landscaping will have more eye appeal.
Tip # 2: Create a plan. Before you pick up a shovel, map everything out on paper. Your plan can range in complexity from a quick sketch to a highly detailed proposal. Be sure to include the features in your garden that you want to keep, and then make several copies of the plan. Use these copies to design a number of different options for your garden, including various types of beds and hard scape.
Tip # 3: Properly layer your beds. You should have a first row with your tallest plants and keep your shortest plants for your last row. The tallest plants should be facing North to protect the smaller ones from cold winds. Make sure all your beds are organized in the same fashion.
Tip # 4: Limit Colors. When planning out your landscape design, carefully consider the colors of the flowers, trees and grasses that you intend to use. You may discover that limiting your palette to only one or two colors has the greatest visual impact. Choosing too many contrasting colors may make your landscaping appear disheveled and wild.
Tip # 5: Start with a Budget. Determine your expected costs before you begin your landscaping project. Many plants are seasonally priced, and could change in cost a good deal in just a few weeks. Know the seasons for plants, and get firm costs on your project. This will also help you to save money, as you can orient your plans towards saving money on seasonal plants.
Tip # 6: Edging is your secret weapon. Use an edger on your beds if you want your lawn to look well taken care of. An added bonus is that edging could raise the value of your residence as well; studies have shown that just by curving the edges on your flower beds, your property value could go up by one percent.
Tip # 7: Impatient? Use Sod. Many people relish the idea of a lush green lawn, yet few are willing to wait for grass seeds to grow. Sod offers near-instant gratification, but tends to be a bit more costly. Save money and compromise by using sod for your front lawn and planting grass seeds in your backyard.
We know that you don’t have all the time in the world to change up your property. The tips in this article have been written to minimize your effort, while maximizing the results. Use these tips, as soon as possible, to really make a difference around your house and in your enjoyment of your property.