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Landscaping 101: Where do you begin? 

Every homeowner would like to make some improvements and add personal touches to their property. When it comes to the outdoor space, attempting a landscape project begins with the best of intentions. Each project is different depending on the size, scape and goals of the landscaping. There are so many options when it comes to upgrading your backyard; patio installation, fire pit, a pool or interlock. No matter the size or shape of garden you are working with, you can easily add versatility and increase the opportunity for recreation or relaxation. 

As with any home improvement endeavour, approaching a landscaping project can begin with a sense of excitement and anxiety. However, mid-project hurdles can easily cause increased stress and anxiety, disagreements and even a failed project. The likelihood of this scenario playing out is high if the homeowner(s) are inexperienced in landscaping design. It is important to maintain peace of mind and minimize disruption and arguments at the outset of your landscaping project. 

Why not set yourself up to win early? If you are like most of us, you would like to achieve your dream landscape gardening goals strategically with minimum stress and maximum value for money.  Here are some of our best tips and tricks to get the most out of your garden this summer. 

1. Small wins over large goals

Firstly; Survey your property, take a walk around it and see where the opportunity lies. When approaching a backyard upgrade, break the project up into smaller pieces. This will create a sense of momentum as you tackle and finish them in an orderly fashion.  On a personal note, you can begin to build confidence from a series of small wins. Then it will feel like you have suddenly completed your entire project in what seems like no time at all!

2. Be open minded 

When it comes to making the most of your outdoor space, there are so many possible ways to reimagine unused and undervalued spaces. For smaller backyards or sides, you could consider creating a patio as a lounging/entertaining space rather than a formal dining area. Another great enhancement to your home and outdoor spaces is to install a glass door on the side of the house to access the space. With a little imagination, a previously useless space can become an instant haven to relax, entertain, and a major value addition to the property. 

One of the best ways to maximize privacy and safety for your outdoor space is to invest in fencing. When choosing the materials for your fence, it is important to remember that wooden panels will require some upkeep as they can shrink or contract depending on the changes in temperature and humidity.  Another option is to create some depth through adding a small wall & steps, accent flowers will also warm up the hardscape features.

3. Hire a professional landscaping company 

The next pro tip; leave it to the professionals. You may see it as a big investment but choosing to partner with professionals is the smartest way to go. Landscaping requires technical knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve Pinterest-worthy results. You can compensate for your lack of time and abilities by hiring the technical skills needed for your landscaping project to succeed. 

Here are some tips for picking the right professional landscaping partner:

1. Choose certified landscape professionals 

Professional landscaping companies are often listed on trusted databases. Take advantage of provincial and national databases that can connect you with certified professionals, then check out their locations and meet their staff. 

2. Look at past landscape projects

It is always a good idea to check the website and all social media handles of your chosen landscaping company. Here you will be able to gage their process and approach. However, don’t try to check on their experience in every little area of your project as their skills will overlap even if you don’t find exactly what you are envisioning in their previous work. 

3. Check references

Ask for references from previous clients and call on your network for recommendations. You can also check the reviews from previous clients on websites such as Google and Facebook. 

Takes these steps to drastically improve your backyard and transform it into a fun pleasurable oasis for you and your family.