Landscaping is like the dressing on a salad. It's okay without it, but really adds a lot to it when done well.  Having a professional landscaper manage your lawn and yard can really make the difference between an okay lawn with decent grass coverage and a really great one with a thick lush yard.   It's not always smart to go with the first landscaper near you that you find, but rather get at least 3 estimates from various professionals that can help you evaluate the process.

Whether it's putting in new edging, adding river rock, or hardscape features, a professional landscaper will be able to provide the right tools and materials to make sure the lawn and yard are well maintained.

rustic garden shed
Landscaper and Landscape DesignsHome Ownership
Try these rustic design and gardening tips to transform your outdoor spaces.
Silver Crow Studios' Sean Sheppard doing their faux brick
An artist's touch delivers a different look than store-bought faux finishes.
Front-yard landscape with edged flower beds, mulch and post lamp.
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Want to know how to edge a flower bed, and if it’s a DIY job you can take on? Here’s a look at the steps involved with insights from a pro.
landscaping around septic system (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Landscaper and Landscape DesignsSeptic Systems
Do you have a septic system in your backyard? Learn what types of plants to plant over your septic tank and what ones to avoid planting over the septic system.
A good way to manage thatch is to prevent build-up to begin with by choosing the right grass seed, checking your soil pH levels and performing aeration, says Stumer. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bev S. of Holly Springs, N.C.)
Lawn Care & FertilizersLandscaper and Landscape Designs
Many times, after a tough winter with a lot of snow, lawns develop thatch problems. One provider explains the reason for this and what can be done to avoid it.