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How To Save Money On Landscape Design

Landscape Design

Landscape Design

When you plan on redesigning your back yard or landscape design, be prepared to open your wallet.  If you have a professional landscaper come out to design and complete the job, it will cost you much more than attempting it yourself. Landscaping is one of those jobs that are more laborious than cerebral.  So get your shovel and garden tools and let’s get started.  Living in New Jersey, some of your soil will be filled with clay and therefore will be harder to dig in.  If you live further down south, the soil tends to have more sand in it.

Take a ride in your car to see what the newer homes have planted or what designs in planting beds there are.  The flowering plants are beautiful but always are more expensive.  When using a professional landscaper in NJ, he has to get his materials from another vendor.  He doesn’t grow his own trees or make his own concrete edging.  What I am trying to say is, go to a nursery and look at all the trees they have.  They will also have prices on them and vary greatly. Pick the ones you like and make arrangements to have them delivered to your home. The more mature a species is, the more you will pay for it.  A five foot tree may be three times as much so try to buy your vegetation small.  Make sure it is healthy though.   You can usually tag a tree at a nursery and they will hold it for you. This gives you the opportunity to visit other nurseries and price compare.  Don’t rule out going to Home Depot or Lowes to buy you plants and trees.  They won’t have as big a variety to choose from and their prices fluctuate.  It’s another choice but the health of the vegetation won’t be as good as the nurseries you previously visited.

Landscape Supply Dealer

Take a ride to a local landscape supply center.  They usually have a showroom of finished walls, waterfalls, flower beds, etc. that use the materials they sell.  It’s a great place for ideas and also will give you an idea of the complexity of the job.  You can get the materials you need to do ANY landscape job at a well-stocked landscape vendor.  Not everyone has a truck to come pick up the products you order…so for an additional fee you can have them delivered.  Their delivery charge won’t be much.  Often if you live in the same township as the delivery, you may pay between $30 and $45.  This is a drop in the bucket compared to having a professional come to complete the job.

Curbing

You can outline your planting and mulch beds with concrete yourself.  Dig a 4 inch trough around your beds then mix up some powdered concrete mix that can be bought at any hardware store. Trowel in the mixed concrete finishing it at a 45 degree angle from the top of the yard (where grass grows) into the trough.  The 45 degree angle will prevent mulch or rock from straying away from where you want it to stay.

Build a Flower Bed from Brick

The climate in New Jersey will allow you to pick a variety of plants and flowers that grow well in that temperature zone.  Buy cement pavers (either square or 45 degree cut ones.  Bury a course of brick underground on a well tamped surface that will withstand water drainage.  If you are working on an undulating surface, you may have one brick showing above ground on one side and 2 showing on the opposite side.  This is because you need to make the entire surface flat and level.

So remember to buy your plant stock and hardscape materials yourself.  It just takes a little effort on your part to make the trips to visit these vendors but the price offset will more than justify it.  You may never hire a professional landscaper again when you see what you can save in money.  The end result always looks better when you know you did it yourself.

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Trends in Classic Landscape Design

Poolside living and landscaping

Backyard landscape

Believe it or not, your landscaping tells a lot about the home owner and their characteristics.  Few outsiders get to see the inside of your home but anyone can observe the outside.  Whether you are in New Jersey or another state, a visual creates an immediate impression.  It’s like meeting someone for the first time.  It takes just a few seconds to form an opinion.  Your landscaping is no different. Continue reading

Trends in Modern Landscape Design

Rocks and Landscape

Landscaped Yard

Landscaping designs have changed over the years.  Classic designs are not abandoned but instead merged with current design.  Landscaping is like other fashion trends.  They usually first appear on the west coast and will eventually make it to the east.  Folks in New Jersey will get the new trends a little later than the Californians.  You can tweak your existing landscapes with some new features to give a completely new look.  The price of doing it this way is minimal as opposed to replacing everything. Continue reading

Trends in Backyard Water Features

Photo of Backyard Water Feature

Backyard Water Features

Backyard water features are becoming more popular.  They aren’t really considered a “new” enhancement as they have been around awhile but were not promoted or showcased as they are now.  Most Professional Landscapers can offer you this feature but not all will because it’s a skilled craft with an artistic flair.  The complexity of the water feature you desire will also dictate who you choose to build it.  It’s like anything else; the more complex a situation appears the more experience is required to achieve the end result.  This is not to say that a DIYer can’t take on this project.  Challenge yourself.  Part of being your own grounds keeper means doing projects (or attempting them) that are sometimes out of your comfort zone.  Let your creative juices flow. Nothing ventured nothing gained! Continue reading

Ideas for Landscape Design

Water fountain

Water fountain

There are five basic elements to landscape design in New Jersey: line, form, color, texture and scale. Virtually every landscape design will incorporate these five elements together no matter how unique or customized the actual design becomes for the homeowner. How those elements are used is left up to the creativity of the homeowner and the NJ landscaping professional. There are lots of ways to achieve a well balanced and aesthetically appealing landscaped yard. The possibilities are limitless but there are many things to consider before even getting started. Continue reading

Modern Landscape Design Features

Landscape Design

Landscape Design

Landscape design in NJ includes many design elements like line, form, color, texture and scale. How these all come into play in actual backyard landscaping is largely up to the preference and taste of the homeowner. In order to create the desired designs, homeowners may incorporate the use of various features that are strategically placed so that they achieve their decorating goals. There are many modern features which are used in today’s modern backyard landscaping design. Continue reading

Tips for Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

There are many different factors that must be considered when designing a backyard landscape. Most of the time, homeowners desire to change the overall look and feel of their home by changing their landscape design. Many times, a homeowner has entertaining in mind and wants a landscape design which makes it easier to serve and facilitate an evening with friends. It does not have to be a super involved task and in some cases, landscaping can be a do-it-yourself job. However, more intricate designs and those which require adding irrigation, waterscapes or hardscapes will require the help of a NJ landscaping professional. There are many different elements which must be considered when developing a backyard landscape design. Here are some tips for developing a landscape which can be enjoyed by everyone. Continue reading