Landscaping in the age of Pinterest

landscaping-business-for-sale-michigan.jpgLandscaping is not for the faint of heart. Just when you think you’ve made it halfway through your project, you inevitably realize that because you forgot a certain size nail you have to run back into town, to the store and buy the correct kind. This extends your project time and drains  that oh-so-very valuable motivation that any landscaper depends on to finish a project. So how do you stay motivated when tackling do it yourself projects in the backyard? Here are a few suggestions that are sure to keep your motivation, your frustration low, and give you that unique feeling of accomplishment that only comes with DIY landscaping.

  1. Study Your Yard

This sounds simple, but in truth it is more challenging than you might think. Fortunately you have the internet at your disposal, which is going to bring you a lot of guidance. Studying your yard means you’re studying the elements that hit it: The sun, the wind, the shade, the heat, snow, and rain. You want to get to know the weather patterns that surround your plot of land so you can better understand what plants are going to do best there, where the fire pit isn’t going to get extinguished by high gusts of wind, and where the pond won’t dry up so quickly. Finding a garden expert to come out and assess your yard can be a great help if you don’t have a background in this. They can help guide you on how to interpret the sun, shade and elements that make your yard your yard. Let this step take some time. There’s no rush. Live with your yard for a while. A lot of times your yard will surprise you.

  1. Get To Know Your Neighbors

You can’t underestimate the value of a good neighbor with landscaping DIY projects. You are inevitably going to get stuck somewhere in your project, and neighbors are extra clear-headed people who are able to look at your problem and bring fresh ideas to the table. Get to know your neighbors well before you start that first DIY landscaping project. Whether you forgot to get deck stain for that new deck, or the right screwdriver, you’ll definitely end up thanking them later.

  1. Start Small

You don’t need to build a huge, elaborate pond the first go-round. After you get to know your yard, and your neighbors, find a project that feels do-able. Carve out a specific number of square feet in your back or front yard to experiment with. Know that smaller is better, for the first year or so in landscape design. The smaller the project, the less stress is going to run the show. You’re going to feel in a certain amount of control, which is necessary when just starting out with landscape design.

  1. Make a Detailed Landscape Project List

Whenever you’re taking on a new landscaping or home DIY project you need to make a very detailed list. If you’re building a garden, and you’re not sure exactly what tools you need to do it, research online as much as you can first. This list is going to be your saving grace. With it you are going to be able to purchase exactly the tools, materials and supplies you need to get the job done. The research that you will have to do to finish it is going to make you visualize the steps needed to complete the project. This is where you visualize that end zone. And this is where you break down all the necessary steps you need to take to get there. If you don’t do this research and complete this list, you’re going to get frustrated. And that’s just not helpful on a landscaping project.

  1. Be Decisive

Landscaping comes with it the need to be very decisive. If you’ve never tackled the task of landscape design before, you may be surprised at how overwhelming the many choices of each flower, tree, rock, and piece of furniture can be. But practice makes perfect. As you keep going remind yourself that there is no perfect choice. Any first DIY landscape project is an experiment. And the more you practice making decisions, the less they will stress you out.

  1. Be Open to Change

You may not get it right the first time. The great thing about landscape design, though, is that it doesn’t ever have to be permanent. You can plant and then move that tree. You can rip out that bush and put a fountain there instead. If you’re open to the idea of change, and the idea that design is an experiment, not a permanent fixture, you’re going to actually have fun with it. And those surprises that come along will induce joy instead of regret or pain.

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