6 tips for starting a landscaping project

6 tips for starting a landscaping project

Is your yard a place that you try to avoid by closing the curtains in the middle of the day? If so, it is probably time to clean up your yard, but before you dole out the cash for a big landscaping project, ask yourself: “What is the big picture?”

If your desires are simple and you just want a quick fix for the overgrowth, having it cut back is the way to go. But if you are going to the expense to have the weeds and shrubbery dug out and removed, here are some ideas to curtail the return to mayhem.

1. Re-plant
If on a slope, re-plant with something hearty and specific for the exposure in order to keep your hill from falling.

2. Fabric filters
If you have everything removed and are planning on re-planting, lay down fabric filter or weed cloth to keep the weeds at bay, then put down wood chips or gravel to cover the filter. When putting down the fabric filter, make sure to cut around each plant.

3. Grade the soil
Before planting, grade the soil and make sure the water is being directed away from the house. Also, make sure to fill any areas that dip so you don't have water pooling.

4. Anticipate exposure
Before you have everything ripped out, consider your privacy and how much of it you will lose once the plants are gone. Look around for telephone poles and other eyesores that you won't want exposed.

5. Waste removal
When you hire someone to clean up your yard, make sure this includes removal of the waste so you aren’t stuck with unsightly piles and a difficult chore.

6. Test the drainage
Once you have cleared the area, you may want to wet down everything to see where the water goes. If you do have a drainage issue such as water pooling in areas (especially close to the house), you may need to install a catch basin or French drain.

Thinking ahead and planning for these landscaping steps can help give you a better direction when planning to beautify your yard!

About this Angie’s List Expert: Larisa Code is the owner of Gardens by Larisa and has been a landscape designer in Los Angeles since 2006. She is a master gardener and organic gardening instructor. Gardens by Larisa has earned Angie’s List Super Service Award for three consecutive years.

As of June 18, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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