Hiring a Landscaping Service – Is It Worth It?

Jan 01, 2011
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Most people love green gardens and outdoors. Whether you live in a hot, humid climate like Miami, or a cool, dry, cool climate like San Francisco, it’s nice to relax outdoors under the shade of trees, listening to the chirping of birds. However, to maintain an enjoyable, aesthetic property, you need the help of professionals.

What Will a Landscaping Service Do?

Beyond mowing the lawn and raking leaves, a landscaping service will trim shrubs, create appealing walkways and plant a healthy yard. Your yard may require soil treatment, weed removal and insecticide treatments, all of which can be provided by a landscaper. You can hire a landscaping service for a one-time lawn treatment or have them come on a regular or seasonal basis to maintenance your yard.

How Much Will it Cost?

Not all properties require the same treatment and not all homeowners are looking for the same level of lawn care. If all you need is someone cut your lawn, rake leaves, and clear debris off your property, your best bet is to do it yourself or hire a teenager from the neighborhood. However, if you require more than that, the average cost of a landscaping job can run between $8 and $15 per square foot. The price depends on the size and layout of your yard, tasks required, and the types of plants you want installed.

Ways to Save Money

You can save money on landscaping costs by purchasing and installing plants and flowers on your own. If you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, you’ll spend less than what it costs to have them professionally installed. Additionally, you can improve your soil by adding compost or fertilizer, which will prevent the need to replace your soil.

Contact your local municipality and see if they offer any free trees. Some cities do, so be sure to look into it. Another way to save money is to prevent long-term maintenance fees. The easiest way to do this is to select plants and trees that require minimal watering and can thrive in drought-like conditions. This will save you money on your utility bills and leave you assured your plants will survive if you forget to water them or go away on a vacation.

Tips

If you wish to improve your yard and keep it looking healthy and vibrant, contact a professional landscaper. This is especially true if your yard is in need of a total makeover and/or changes to the layout of the land. If you do decide to do some of the work on your own, be sure to plant trees at least 10 feet away from driveways and sidewalks as the roots can damage concrete.

You may want to consider hiring an electrician to install lights around your yard. This will make the outdoor part of your home more pleasant, secure and safe. In addition, you can have electrical outlets installed for when you have picnics or other events and you want to play music or plug in other electronic devices.

Your yard is an important part of your home. Proper maintenance and investment into the landscape can make a big difference, so don’t take it for granted.

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