A Guide to Our Landscape Design Tips

03 Jun 2019
A Guide to Our Landscape Design Tips

Landscape design is an important subject to consider in the coming weeks as you look to enhance the appeal of your outdoor spaces. Whether you’re running a commercial property or looking to improve the look of your home garden, learning more about the landscape design process can ensure you make effective changes. Our team at Peel Exterior Maintenance has many decades of experience in the commercial landscape maintenance and design field, and in this latest post, our experts present their landscape design tips.

Choose Carefully Between Bagged and Bulk Fill Products

When choosing fill products such as stone, mulch, and soil make sure that you select carefully between the bagged and the bulk options. For example, if you’re having the fill products delivered to the site at which they’ll be used, you can choose bulk products. But choose bag products when you will have to move the filler again to a new site upon delivery.

Buy Quality Tools

Another of the leading mistakes property owners make when taking on landscape design tasks is not working with quality tools. You might find that you’re using tools that break during the landscaping process if you place too much pressure on them. Not only can this cause costly delays, but it can also mean you’re spending more money on tools than if you’d simply bought a high-quality tool to begin with. Make sure you’re consulting with landscape design experts regarding the best tools for the job.

Use Annuals in Key Locations

Annuals, which bloom regularly, and maintain their aesthetic qualities for longer than other varieties of flower, should be placed in key locations throughout the garden. This can help ensure there’s a splash of colour throughout the year in your exterior space. Choose locations such as entryways and natural traffic-stopping points within the yard for placement of annuals, and make sure that you blend the flower colours carefully to achieve the ideal aesthetic balance within the space.

Use a Bagging Mower to Grind Leaves

While leaves might leave the lawn looking untidy if you’re not able to remove them regularly, you shouldn’t move the leaves from the space immediately. Take the time to use a bagging mower to grind the leaves down and use them as fertilizer to feed the lawn over time. You can also use the shredded leaves on your vegetable gardens before planting winter crops. This can help to enhance the growth of your crops and protect against cool air damage.

Test Your Soil Regularly

Another leading mistake many property owners make is not testing their property’s soil regularly. This can create soil that damages the plants and remains an unsuitable environment for growth. Testing your soil regularly can help you to optimize soil conditions and provide you with a basis for adding to the soil in the coming months.

Build a Master Plan Before You Begin

While you might be raring to go and get started on your new landscape design, you should build a comprehensive master plan before the design process starts. Building a master plan will ensure that you have each of the phases mapped out in detail. Your master plan should include information about planting steps and lawn maintenance. The plan should also include information on the type of products you’ll be using throughout the lawn. Make sure that your entire team understands the master plan and that any areas of confusion are resolved before you begin the project.

Questions to Consider Before Landscaping

Now that you know the best way to optimize your landscape design project for success, let’s take a look at a few of the questions you should consider before you begin:

What is our budget?

You should know your budget for your landscape design project before you begin. This will help to ensure you’re not overpaying for landscaping equipment and other items that might take away from your budget in other areas. Consult with qualified commercial landscaping teams if you have any questions about your budget and the potential cost of each item included within your landscape design plans.

What is the timeline?

You should make a consideration regarding the timeline for the landscape design project. One of the key elements impacting your timeline is the change in weather. If you’re planning on starting a landscape design project this spring and you’re planting spring flowers, ensure the work is completed in the coming weeks to mitigate the need to take on further planting in the summertime. Your costs can be reduced significantly by focusing on your project timeline.

Do we need a professional landscaper?

One area in which many property owners make mistakes is in trying to go it alone with their landscaping work and not relying on assistance from a professional landscaper. A professional can be critical during landscaping projects and can help you to understand the project in greater detail. Another important area of assistance provided by landscapers is in helping you source materials for your landscaping projects. You can rely on professionals to help you find quality mulch and soil and to help answer your questions regarding the various options for the project. Take the time to consult with a professional before going it alone with your landscaping designs.

For more information about landscaping design and planning, call Peel Exterior Maintenance at 1-888-265-7214 or contact us here.