Many of us are living with foundation landscaping that is either outdated and overgrown or the boring plants the builder left us with that do nothing for us. This spring is a perfect time to transform your foundation landscaping into something that makes you smile and compliments your home.
Successfully relandscaping the front of your home is a process that we can help guide you through. Approaching things haphazardly seldom leads to our goals, and this includes landscaping. Here are a few things we need to consider as we begin the process of landscaping.
- A list of goals
- A budget
- A design
- An assessment of what we can or are willing to do ourselves, and what we may need to hire help with
Let’s start with goals. Often they will include the following: compliment the house and not cover up windows and grow out over sidewalks, add color and interest throughout the year, look different than all the neighbors while keeping maintenance to a minimum. We might have specific pants we want to incorporate if possible, and we should add these to our goals. Physically write these goals down so they can be checked off as we go through the design process.
We all have budgets, and knowing what is reasonable to expect to invest in our new landscaping can be daunting. Many variables will affect the cost of the project. If you are dealing with smaller beds, and can do most or all of the work yourself, you may spend as little as $1,000-$2,000 dollars. Larger homes with overgrown shrubs that need to be removed are going to require a higher investment especially if you have to hire professionals to do the demolition and installation. You investment may be $4,000-$7,000.
Next you need a landscape design. The design should meet your list of goals, and work within your budget. Whether you create the design yourself, or hire a professional the time spent creating a landscape plan will save you many headaches and money. Even if we can do the labor ourselves, many of us need help with the design. It is hard to know or imagine what plants work well with each other, how fast and large they grow and what cultural requirements they need to thrive.
We can offer you help with a landscape design, and also the implementing of your new landscape should you need assistance with that too. Our We Plan… You Plant Design Service is an economical way to achieve a design, and will work for most foundation planting beds across the front of a house. The service runs $150, in return you receive a design to work from as well as a $75 Gift Card that can be used toward plant purchases. We can then help you choose your plants, and deliver them if necessary. We can also provide an estimate to complete the installation should you need help with the work.