An Introduction To Landscaping

2 February 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you are interested in undertaking a landscaping project, then you might be a little lost on where to begin. After all, there are so many different factors you have to consider when landscaping, including cost and the final aesthetic of any improvements you make. Here is a beginner's guide to help you get started on the basics:

Your Vision

If you are interested in doing some landscaping, then it is probably because you have some changes in mind. However, simply wanting to have a terrace or pond is not nearly specific enough for the implementation of a landscaping project. It is critical that you develop a specific plan with a timetable before beginning any other preparations.

Contractors

Oftentimes, you can find a contractor who is willing to help you plan out a rough sketch for a low fee, along with estimations of how much materials will cost, how much time the entire process will take, as well as the amount of labor involved.

The additional benefit of consulting a contractor, such as Cottonwood Landscapes LLC, is that they will also be able to provide a quote on their services, which might be an appealing prospect if you have neither the time nor endurance necessary to complete your project. However, it is not necessary to consult a contractor, especially if you have prior experience in landscaping. 

The Cost

There are several different costs which must be considered when landscaping.

First, you will obviously need to figure out the cost of materials, which you should be able to buy at any home improvement store. For instance, you might need to purchase gravel for a walkway or railroad ties for a simple retaining wall.

Second, you will need to figure out the relative cost of labor. If you are hiring a contractor, then this will be a very visible fee. However, if you are undertaking the process yourself, you will need to carefully consider exactly how many hours of work will be required, as well as the amount of physical labor involved. Lifting heavy objects will be much more physically strenuous work than tasks such as painting.

Finally, you will have to consider the cost of tools. If you already have all the tools necessary for a job, such as shovels and rakes, then you obviously don't need to sink any additional funds into this expense. However, some jobs call for heavy equipment which you might not have lying around, such as power washers or jackhammers.

Parting Thoughts

At the end of the day, how you go about landscaping is your own business. However, if you take extra care to plan out the finer details of your project, such as exact costs and a very specific plan with a timetable, then you will have a much easier time overall.