The key ingredient for a successful landscaping project, big or small, is ... careful preparation. In order to create the outdoor space of your dreams, you need to set the stage and make sure you did all your homework. Careful preparation will help you avoid the common pitfalls of such projects.
Here are some important guidelines that will help you plan your landscaping project. These tips will make you save you time, save money and avoid unnecessary stress.
As good as your preparation may be, there’s always some unforeseen snags or complications that can cause delays and potential budget increases. This is why adding contingency in both time and budget to your plan is not a luxury when dealing with a landscaping project. It is necessary to take into account all the problems that may arise along the way.
Be realistic about the difficulties that you may encounter, especially when dealing with multiple contractors. Also, before actually starting the work, find out about any local laws or bylaws that may require you to obtain a permit.
Clearly Define your Objectives and Priorities
It's easy to get carried away with the endless possibilities of a landscaping project. Hence the importance of this basic step. Clearly defining and documenting your objectives will translate your vision of the outdoor space of your dreams into a concrete and actionable plan.
Objectives will vary based on your situation and needs. Are you planning to sell your property and wish to enhance its curb appeal? Are you looking to create a sensational driveway or poolside deck with interlocking paving stones? Are you the welcoming type and want to create inviting patios and walkways throughout your property to host your friends and family?
Regardless of your objectives, it’s important that they are clear in order to avoid any nasty surprises. The result will be a landscaping project that truly reflects your vision.
Find your Inspiration
The great thing with landscaping projects today is that it’s really easy to find information and images to inspire you for your dream outdoor space.
Take the time to search the Internet and browse through the many landscaping magazines available to you. Also, take advantage of our FREE consultation service. We will gladly answer your questions and share our know-how. We can even help you with the budgeting and the planning of your project.
Most landscaping projects require some excavation work. Before digging, however, it’s important that you know what kind of underground services are present in your landscaping project zone: waterlines, pipelines, sewage, cables, etc.
As overwhelming as this may seem, don’t worry, there’s an easy and free solution: Info-Excavation. Simply fill out their online form (https://www.info-ex.com/en/) and a technician will take care of the rest.
Info-Excavation will contact the necessary companies. In turn, these companies will send a locator (an authorised person) on site to identify the underground services by means of paint poles or flags. And yes, it’s absolutely FREE!